Thanks to our gracious PTO, unitedstreaming, a wonderful tool for integrating video into your lessons, will be available to our staff for the coming year! As we think about using this service Al Doyle’s tips in his recent “No Fuss Video” article in techLearning provide some food for thought!
“1. Always preview the video prior to using in class. Download the video segments prior to screening if possible to obviate any possible bandwidth issues.
2. Allow students to ask questions during whole-class screenings; pause the video at any point to highlight certain aspects and check for comprehension.
3. Provide vocabulary lists, worksheets, and previewing and post-viewing activities (Discovery Education’s unitedstreaming provides blackline masters specifically for this purpose).
4. Keep in mind that a projector or interactive whiteboard can add value to VOD. Project directly on a chalkboard or a whiteboard. Pause the video and let students pick out salient details, label parts, or trace vectors of moving objects.”