Phillip Coleman, National Academy of Engineering posted a question on "Community Canvass"

PostedThursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:41 AM

How do you feel about showing videos in the classroom?
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  • Janet Anderson , Walsh Middle School
    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 2:10 PM
    I would say most of the time they are engaged....and I don't always give them a "Things to Look for" sheet. I think the visual of the video (if it's done well in an engaging way), helps this age group see concepts that they may not "get" otherwise and our conversation after can help me see if they've "got it" or not.
    I show some of the Bill Nye videos, and it surprises me (for this age group), they enjoy his silly approach - repeating things, funny gestures. songs (12-14 year olds sometimes singing along!)
    I also use some of the PBS Design Squad videos - http://pbskids.org/designsquad/video/
    Often, as mentioned before, they will watch them on their own at their own pace, then do a follow-up project that requires that they've paid attention. Many choose to watch several episodes on their own as they enjoy the length, content and challenges presented in each episode.
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  • Phillip Coleman , National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 1:39 PM
    Thanks Janet-
    Do you find that your students are engaged or that they only do the specific notes on the "Things to Look for" 
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  • Janet Anderson , Walsh Middle School
    Posted Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM
    Hello Phillip - 
    I'm a middle school Tech Ed teacher in a Computer Lab (grade 6, 7, 8). In my classes I include a lot of topics including Computer Applications as well as some pre-engineering topics. I don't have these classes for a full term, so I find that I have a lot to "pack in" and sometimes watching videos helps get some concepts across more quickly than reading or lecture.
    I find that this age can become really engaged with videos that either I share with them, or have them watch on their own at their own computer with headsets. I find it can help move a conversation/topic along. I can stop a video at a certain point and ask students their thoughts about what we are watching, or have them jot down specific notes based on a "Things to look for" sheet that I give them. I have found it can help engage students who may not get interested if asked to read about it on their own. It can help them move whatever the project is to the next level instead of wallowing in their limited reading skills and not getting interested in the topic at all. Their observations of the videos helps kick in the thinking skills that I am looking for.
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