Film, Instructional Video

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Using video in the classroom brings a non-print, audio-visual-accessible form of content to students. Video can enhance content and concepts that students are learning in the classroom by adding visual schema and a visual representation of ideas. Video can also expand student's understanding of historical and literature themes, provide additional background information and step–by–step instruction. In addition, video adds the audio-visual component that some students may need to complement the understanding or reading of print and written text.

Implementation Tips

Online Resources
There are many online resources to access educational videos and film. Edudemic has posted links to [[ | 100 best video websites for teachers. ]]. Keep in mind that some of these sites may be blocked at your school. Ask your administrator and / or IT personnel to support you in accessing these resources at your school. Also, if the general YouTube site is blocked at your school, You Tube has a dedicated education channel which may NOT be blocked at [[ | ]].
Incorporating Video into Instructional Strategies
Think about ways of incorporating video / film into the instructional strategies you are teaching the students. For example, if students are learning how to predict while reading literature in class, also have the students predict when watching the film or video. For more ideas, check out the link [[ | PBS: Why Study Film in the Classroom? ]].
Lesson Planning
If you are looking for lesson plans to supplement available videos / films, you may be able to find additional resources at [[ | Cable in the Classroom]] and/or [[ | National Geographic Education ]]. For lesson examples in literature and film, check out [[ | PBS: A teacher’s guide for Othello ]].
You can find other sources of high quality educational videos on these websites:
[[ | PBS Learning Media ]]
[[ | Smithsonian Channel ]]
[[ | Khan Academy ]]
[[ | LearnZillion]]


Build Background Knowledge History
Students watch a short film on the history of middle ages. Through seeing visual examples of art, literature and architecture of the medieval time period, students gain a better understanding of the culture, life and times of the middle ages.
Analyzing Themes in Literature
While reading the book to Kill a Mockingbird, students watch a portion of the film that corresponds with each section of the book. Students use the film to further develop and understand the setting, themes and character development of the story.
Increased Engagement in a Science Hook
As an introduction to cell division, students watch a short video clip showing the steps in cells division. While watching the film, students write down additional questions they may have about cell division. The film helps to activate student’s interest in learning about cell division.
Solving Equations
After instructing students on how to solve equations, the teacher posts a video of the lesson online available to students on the classroom website. Students have access to the online video lesson while doing homework and practicing solving equations which helps to reinforce learning and practiced repetition of solving equations.