Teachers have been using film in the classroom since it became available. I am always met with flashbacks of a TV on a cart rolling into the room with a promise of Bill Nye The Science Guy and Magic School Bus making it a fun day. As I begin my teaching my career, I have a few tips to offer when selecting to videos to show during class.
Tips to consider when choosing videos for class:
- Will this video teach/explain the topic better than you can?
- Length! Plan to show the whole video; this can be at once or in well timed chunks for longer videos.
- What purpose does this video serve in your classroom? Is the video’s purpose the same as it is being used in your room?
- Tell the students what you were intending for them to gain from the
Youtube: it has tons of great clips for any subject. It can be used to play an audio version of a book or to explain a concept. Music videos are also a fun way to make connections! Epic Rap battles of History and Thug Notes are two of my favorite channels but should be used with discretion.
Film Adaptations of classics: 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s The Man, Romeo + Juliet, The Crucible, and The Wizard of Oz