Using Video and Video Reflection

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Using video in the classroom can be an exceptionally effective tool for enhancing student learning.  Video provides students the opportunity to see so many things that might be hard for them to visualize on their own:  to see the people and places they are studying, to see concepts and skills put into action, to see and hear first hand accounts and diverse perspectives.  And that’s just a few ways video can be so helpful.

Video is also an excellent way for students to demonstrate their learning and to develop the critical and creative thinking skills essential to their future success.  Creating videos means students have to explain their learning in their own words and select words and images that best convey that learning to others.  Students must prioritize, analyze, and synthesize.  Creating video also helps students develop their aesthetic sense.

Using video can be a challenge at times, but there are ways to maximize comprehension and develop critical-thinking skills in your students while viewing video and to guide them to the successful creation of their own videos.  The goal is for kids to be engaged, active viewers and to create videos that enable their audience to be the same.

The resources in this tool kit are designed to give you some suggestions on how to use video in your classroom for whole class, small group, or individual student learning, offer you some sample student worksheets and reflection tools to enhance student viewing of videos that you or they choose for them to watch, and provide some sample lesson plans where students create videos as a way to demonstrate their learning.  You will find those resources in the student and teacher tools below.

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Student Tools

Student Tool 65: Journal Entry Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 317: Sharing Your Insights Through A Journal Entry as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Student Tool 68: Vocabulary Interesting to Me Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about vocabulary in any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 320: Vocabulary Interesting to Me as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Student Tool 75: Predict, Reflect, Question Student Worksheet

Have students use this worksheet in conjunction with any video on our Educate.Today website.

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Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 660: Using Video and Video Reflection--Sample Video Reflection Lesson Plans

Download this document to find lesson plans associated with Student Tools 65, 66, 68, and 75 included in this Teacher Tool Kit.

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Teacher Tool 675: Some Ideas for Implementing Video Into Your Classroom

Download this document to read articles by current and retired teachers offering their ideas, experiences, and resources on how to successfully use videos and video reflection in the classroom.

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