Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Power of Video

"Film unit". Licensed under Public Domain
Though not often assigned as homework, young people make and watch videos to learn about things that interest them. YouTube is the 2nd most popular search engine in the world. It reaches more people under age 35 than cable television. It isn't just YouTube that is drawing online and mobile viewers. Video sharing sites like Vimeo and Vine have millions of daily viewers.

Teachers and other school staff are starting to leverage this interest to engage students and help them learn. The visual learning that occurs in video and images is powerful. In this blog post, we'll share 3 tools to help you get started with video(or improve a project you're already doing).

YouTube Education
YouTube has a vetted education section ( that holds all sorts of videos for learning. Individual videos or playlists (groups of related videos) can be shared with your students by posting the links or embedding the videos in Schoology, our learning management system. Experienced users can try a tool like EduCanon to include questions within videos and track formative data (users can login with our district Google accounts)!

Discovery Education
We've written about Discovery Education in a recent post. Take a look at that post to learn more about what's available. You can login at Students on Chromebooks have immediate access with our district Google accounts.

Student-Created Videos
Have your own students create videos. Take a look at this excellent playlist to teach the basics:

If you'd like help with a project like this, contact your media specialist or one of our technology integration staff.

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