You know how to create videos and how to set up accounts for your students — great! Now what? If you’ve found yourself in a bit of a video rut, here’s a list of 10 different ways to add video to your classroom.
Introduce a class or unit. Begin your new unit with a short Animoto video to preview upcoming concepts. While we can’t promise it will get students excited about trigonometry, the visuals in your video can help them connect with the material.
Record in-class activities. Students are in school almost half of their waking day. Help parents share in what they’re up to by photographing students or their work and creating a video to share. Larry Ferlazzo created this video to connect with the parents of his English language learners. Not only does it show an interesting art project that parents might have missed out on, it’s easy for family members to see what students are doing, even if they don’t speak English.
Student Introductions. Video is a way for students to get to know each other without the pressure of public speaking. Not to mention, student introductions are a flexible assignment that can be either a quick getting-to-know-you video, or a longer project that lets students create more involved autobiographies.
Vocabulary Videos. Make learning vocabulary terms a lot more interesting by having students create their own vocab videos. Since almost every subject has some terms students ought to know, this type of assignment works for almost any classroom. You can even post vocabulary videos on YouTube or on your class site later for students to use when they study.
Book Trailers. Jazz up the traditional school book report with video. Have students create “previews” of the books they read for class, sharing the title, characters, and basic plot points—no spoilers! Then, you can partner with your school library to share students’ creations by attaching QR codes to the books they’ve reviewed.
Scavenger Hunt. This active assignment gets students moving and helps them apply what they’ve learned to the real world. Give students a theme — say find examples of angles for geometry or living things on different parts of a food web for biology. Then, let students collect and identify their images in an easy-to-assess video. Check out our blog post on how to assess videos using a rubric to get started.