Engaging students with video

A great way to introduce content to students, especially in history and science, is through video.  Many of you show videos whole class, while some of you use video individually.  Both have their benefits.

In order to keep students engaged while showing videos whole class, consider having a Padlet set up where students can drop comments, questions or observations while watching the video.  This allows students to participate while watching the video and not interrupting.  At the end, you can address the questions or comments that were posted.  Padlet gives students who are usually quiet, a chance to participate.  Usually these students have great observations but are too reserved to communicate them.

Allowing students to watch videos individually gives you the opportunity to flip the classroom or provide instruction independently.  You have the freedom to work with other students while others are engaged in the video.  The video or videos can address certain content or skills or it must provide some way for them to interact with the video either by taking notes or answering questions about the video.

Below are some options to do that:

Post a lesson on Blendspace (now called TESTeach) with all the resources needed for that lesson.

Have students answer questions and hear you explain concepts on EDPuzzle or Vizia

Have students take notes while watching a video with VideoANT or MoocNote




Preparing videos for use with Students

Below are some tools available to prepare videos to use with your students.  Once you have the videos ready, post them on Google Classroom or Canvas for students to access them.  Remember that teachers have the ability to approve videos for student use on YouTube.  You will approve the video by clicking on the blue bar below the video:  Video not approved for nclusd.org.

These tools help you provide video content to students with the sidebar showing related content or the comments that might be included with the video.  Although you have approved the video, there may be some material that is not appropriate for the classroom.  These tools will get rid of that.

ViewPure and Watchkin will eliminate all the ads and any suggested videos from the YouTube video you want to share with students.  Copy and Paste the YouTube URL in the box.  The link  you get will be the link you post to your students in Google Classroom or Canvas. Quietube is an extension to remove all ads from Youtube videos. And last, SafeShare.tv will also eliminate all ads and comments from the video.

Want to save the video to your laptop?  KeepVid will download the video in the desired format to your laptop or Google Drive.  Once you’ve downloaded them, there’s no need to go find them in YouTube.



KQED Teach: Learn Media Literacy Skills

This is a great website to learn new media literacy skills to use with your students to create video.  The website offers several courses.  The Getting Started course will show you what’s available on the website.

Other users share their videos and offer suggestions on various tools.  This is a great way to see how other teachers are using video with their students and learn new skills.



Making Videos with Screencasting Tools

I have been working with some of you across the district in making videos.  Some of you have done projects that involve students making a Book Review video, All about Me Video or a Science Report Video that combines Google Slides with ScreenCastify.  Others, mostly at OHS, have used Screencastify or Doceri to make instructional videos for you students.  Both great uses of screencasting.

I want to let you know of other options here so that you can try them out and see what works best for you and your students.  All of these can be used on Chromebooks and each has some additional features that you will have to check out.

CaptureCast– unlimited video length, can be uploaded to YouTube, easy setup

SnagIt– unlimited video length, can be saved to Google Drive or YouTube

Nimbus Screenshot – video can be saved to hard drive and then loaded to Google Drive or YouTube

Screencastify – 10 minute limit, video can be saved to YouTube or Google Drive

Let me know what you think.  If you’ve tried some of these other tools, share your experiences.

Remember that you also have your recording options on your Mimio or your Smartboard.