Library & Tech News
April 8th, 2016
What is happening with your department feedback about technology?
7 Reasons to Use Instructional Videos in Your Classroom
Using video to help provide instruction is a great way to be in more than one place at a time. With Surfaces and also the Office Mix part of Power Point, any lesson can become a video! Videos or links can be posted on Classroom (formerly Class Dashboard) or in a folder on the Bryan Middle drive under handouts. I am happy to demo Office Mix if you are interested in trying it out! It is super easy to use!
Jeffrey Bernadt discusses some of the best examples of why videos work:
1 - Students Work at Own Pace - they can pause, rewind or fast forward, or watch information again if needed.
2 - Students Choose the Time & Place - if they miss class, need a review between classes, etc... the video is there for support.
3 - More One on One Teacher Student Interaction - students can hear you talking to them even when you are not there!
4 - Frees Up Classroom Time - students who miss a class or need review can do it individually or outside of class.
5 - Opens Up New Opportunities - works well in stations or with small group/individual instruction.
6 - Provides Support to Parents - you can make parents aware videos so they can participate in their child's learning.
7 - Provides Support to Special Education Teachers - teachers who may not be there for instruction can help assist students.
And one thing that he did not mention is that it can help you save your voice and energy by doing the direct instruction once instead of multiple times for all your classes. The whole article can be found at: http://technologytools4teaching.blogspot.com/2015/11/7-reasons-to-use-instructional-videos.html
Google News Newspaper Archive
The Google News Newspaper archive offers a HUGE selection of newspapers in multiple languages and from the earliest publications to current day. You can search a specific topic or newspaper. It is a great way to see what the newspapers say about things you may be studying in your classes. Check it out at https://news.google.com/newspapers?hl=en.