By Maria Rossini
Using video footage in lessons has, thankfully, come a long way from the realms of tiny TVs on trolleys and remote controls without batteries.
Nowadays, the biggest bugbear is that many schools block online streaming from sites like You Tube.
Never fear though, there are some great sources of searchable clips, often tailored for education, that should make it safely through the fire-wall.
Where to find clips
Two excellent sources of video are the National STEM Centre e-library, and the BBC’s ‘class-clips’. Both are completely free to use, and should make it through firewalls as they are from trusted education sites.
Whether you are an early-years teacher looking for lambs or a secondary teacher covering the Big Bang, there are free clips available to help to inspire and inform your students.
Some BBC clips, such as ‘The Wonders of the Universe’ or ‘Inside the Human body’ are purposely tailored for education: They have the same look, feel and voice as the documentary, but with much more curriculum-linked concepts and vocabulary. That’s because the BBC occasionally makes clips alongside documentaries, consulting with teachers and education professionals to make them as useful as possible in the classroom.
Using clips in class
Once you’ve found an inspirational clip, how can you make the most of it?
One technique featured in an LSS activity, is to give students the title of the video presentation before watching it. Ask them to note down what they would expect to find out, and what questions they have. After sharing these, watch the clip. Any unanswered questions can become a research task/homework. This works well with topics where students might have some prior knowledge around the topic, like this one on the speed of light.
In another LSS activity, students watch once without writing (good for clips that have a ‘wow’ factor, like this one about sight). They then note their responses, what they learnt, and what questions they still have. After sharing these, they watch the clip again. It’s amazing how many of their questions they manage to answer on a second viewing!
There are lots of ways to integrate clips into lessons, but the best ones, including the two examples from LSS have some things in common:
- Watch with a purpose (either on a 1st or 2nd viewing)
- Engage students in their own learning – get them to pose questions
- Vary what you do – don’t always use clips in the same way
- Use clips as a springboard for:
- Discussions (around content/ethics/how science works)
- Productive/creative activity
- AfL/APP activities
- Posing all the questions yourself
- Using clips as a time filler
Do you have any other do’s and don’ts or experiences with video in the class room that we could add to this? Please comment.
Have you subscribed to the Science Learning Centres You Tube Channel? Here you will find a range of testimonials about our courses, demonstrations by our technicians and views from our Professional Development Leaders.
 Learning Skills for Science helps teachers to integrate learning skills into the teaching of scientific content. At the moment LSS resources are only available to schools who have attended a Learning Skills for Science training course, run by the Science Learning Centres. Go to www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk for dates of training events.
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