5 Video Ideas for Your Literacy Instruction
Video is creeping into the education world slowly but surely. In fact, 94 percent of teachers have effectively used video in the classroom during the course of one school year, according to a study by Educational Support Systems. Video can be useful in a number of lessons and classroom settings, and is especially beneficial in reading. Teachers can use video to engage students, encourage deeper thinking, and facilitate student self-reflection. Bring video into your reading instruction with these five simple ideas that are applicable for a variety of students and grade levels. Engage Students With Movie Scenes Students would rather watch a movie than read a book. While they won’t get out of reading, they can enjoy the best of both worlds with video. Show scenes from the movie version of a book to engage students, while encouraging them to think deeper about the text. Use the following questions to do so:
- Do the characters look like what you imagined? How are they different?
- What scenes were different and/or what scenes were eliminated? If they were different, explain why.
- Were some conflicts made more important in the movie than the book? What about vice versa?
- What was your favorite book this month and why?
- Where was the coolest place that you read a book this month?
- Who was your favorite character and why?
- Which book would you recommend to your whole class?
- Make a video with two clips—before and after.
- Video the student working; more candid.
- Interview the student about a recent project, milestone, etc.