Instructional Videos for the Classroom

Sometimes instructional videos are a better way of presenting information. Videos use creative ways to show demonstrations or processes that are not always possible to do within your own classroom. This blog will focus on compiling a list of resources that contain useful videos that I could use one day. As well as some videos that I really enjoy.

Khan Academy:

Khan Academy has a huge data bank of instructional videos, online sources and exercises for students. Once you sign up for a free account, you name your class, then invite students to your class by inputting their email. Emails can be easily made for your students can only used for this purpose if your students do not have emails of their own. Once students are on the website they are able to see several different categories of videos and missions. Instruct students on which topic they will be focusing on that day and since the program is so structured they would be able to complete several tasks on their own with little teacher instruction. I will talking in regards to the math section just to stay on the same page throughout.

When first beginning a section, students are to complete five questions. This allows the website to calculate the math level of the student. Students can view their results after and are notified in which areas they need more practice. Once that is complete they can move on to working on exercises to practice their knowledge. When an item is completed it is given a star beside it so students can keep track of their progress. I think this is an awesome way to have students practice their skills without filling out several boring worksheets. Students may be more motivated to complete exercises in this format.

There are also sections that just supply information about a topic. In the art and culture sections, it contains educational articles that are compact and to the point for students to learn about a topic. Students can use the same website for their information gathering and practice of their skills. It also ensures teachers that their students are using valuable and trustworthy sources for their learning. This video show how to use bended learning in the classroom.

Student progress can be tracked once you have added your class online. This will allow the teacher to see which students are keeping on task as well as how far along students are. Assessments can be easily made after reviewing their progress online.

Ted Talks:

Ted Talks online is another vast data bank containing videos that address topics that are not often spoken about or things that we don’t know about. The speakers are different for every video so students can gain many different perspectives. The speakers are also very engaging and normally use additional videos or pictures to aid their topic. Videos vary in length but are often no longer than 10 minutes, which is a good length to keep students engaged while playing the video. There are so many different videos and topics that you would easily find one for any topic that you are addressing in your classroom. All videos are done well, but some topics would not be appropriate for all audiences. Students may not be allowed to freely watch any ted talk, but most are suitable for the classroom.

A way that I will probably use Ted Talk in my future classroom would be for conversation starters or for the hook of a lesson plan. They allow students to think about topics that expand the mind and address things they probably have never thought about. Many videos have to do with social aspects, such as public speaking, body image, self-confidence etc…

These topic would be hard to introduce to a class who sees you for every subject, a fresh perspective may just what your class needs.

Below is a list of Ted Talks for future use:

Keith barry- Brain Magic

First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies — in a trick that works via podcast too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and even a bit dangerous) feats of brain magic.
Hans Rosling- The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen
You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.”

Jok Church- A Circle of Caring

In this 3-minute talk, cartoonist and educator Jok Church tells a moving story of the teacher who cared for him when no one else did — and how he returned the favor.

Rita F Pierson- Every Kid Needs a Champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.


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