EDTC 6432: Module 9 Clear/Unclear- Learning with Videos, yes, that’s right, learning WITH video!s!
In Module 9 we explored the idea of students learning through and with videos. One of the articles we read discussed Authoring with Video and this was a new idea and tool for me, I found it very exciting! Authoring with Video, “enables students to get started writing in a medium they know and love: video. It is similar to writing text for a wordless picture book. The videos, like the pictures in a wordless book, serve as the trigger for an organized text,” (Strassman & O’Connell, 2007, p. 330). I fell in love with this idea for my third graders reading group!
Clear: I use videos almost weekly to help support my students’ learning, today’s generation are very visual and enjoy the media that accompanies lessons. Videos can be used in numerous ways: assessment, writing (Authoring with video), introduce a theme or unit, clarify ideas or concepts, and help with background knowledge. The math curriculum I use with my third graders has a short video that accompanies every lesson and my students and I interact with it to help solidify the idea or concept for that day. The Authoring with Video program I could see using with my students in my reading group in order to help them see the idea behind revising and adding detail to their writing.
Unclear: What’s truly unclear to me is how some educators don’t believe in or use video to accompany their lessons and instruction. I understand that some aren’t well trained or comfortable with exploring and using video, however I hope with younger teachers infiltrating schools and classrooms they’ll support and encourage the use of videos.
This is a weblink that was suggested by a peer educator that has tons of free educational videos: http://www.neok12.com/
Strassman, B, O’Connell, T. (2007). Authoring with video. The Reading Teacher, 61(4), pp. 330–333.