Video can be a powerful instructional media if used purposefully for learning. Video can be used to differentiate instruction, to reach visual learners, but also as a way of assessing learning.

Some tips for using video in the classroom:

  1. When showing video in the classroom, provide a viewing guide. Before, during, and after viewing prompts help provide focus and purpose for viewing. It also allows learners to make connections to the information presented. These are essential elements of any lesson to ensure that learning takes place. The skill of viewing to collect information during a multi-media presentation is developed in ELA, but should be reinforced in all subject areas.
  2. Longer videos should be paused to give students time to digest and make sense of information that has been presented. Think/pair/share or turn and talk are two quick ways that students can be encouraged to reflect on what they have learned so far. Brain-based research indicates that it is difficult to process more than 5 minutes of content at a time.
  3. Teachers can use video to record their own lessons! Here is an example of a Grade 5 Science lesson that has been recorded by Sun West teacher, Kimberley Johnson from Kenaston. This is called screencasting. More information about screencasting is available at the bottom of this page.
  4. Use video as a way to allow students to show what they know. The SmartBoard recorder captures anything happening on the computer screen. Add a microphone and now a student can narrate and explain what is happening on the screen. Tablets also have options for students to quickly record and share their knowledge.
  5. To save an online video, try Keep Vid - A quick way to save videos ... Keep Vid

Video Editing Software - Sun West Computer Image

Adobe Premiere Elements
Movie Maker!

Online Video Tools to Explore

One True Media

Using Smart Recorder to Create Videos - Screencasting

Other online tools can be used to create screencasts which is great if you do not have Smart tools at home!
Check out Screencasting with Screen-Casto-Matic - video tutorial