iPads can bring a shift in the way teachers facilitate the classroom. From a teacher directed setting there are many more opportunities to shift into student directed environments. Here is a guest writers thoughts on how his students view short video clips, rather than show the one video to all students.
finding that the iPads are a very useful tool for
showing video clips as part of a lesson. In my health class, I
wanted the kids to view some video clips from Discovery Education as part
of a lesson
my account with Discovery, I created a "lesson" that accessed several
short clips. This process in Discovery creates a student access
code and a private URL link for each video clip that I can share with
my students through an Edmodo assignment. The students all have
headsets (or they can bring their own) that allow them to quietly watch
the videos on the iPads without disturbing others plus they can work
at their own pace. They can review the video as many times as
necessary to complete an accompanying assignment, either on paper or on
Edmodo. It has been quite interesting observing a class of 30
students doing their lesson this way.
using the iPads in this manner I have found it is more
effective to use several short clips (1 to 3 minutes) instead one long
video. This makes it easier for the student to replay the parts they missed.
Another great thing is that the students can access the Discovery material
through Edmodo outside of school if they missed class. Discovery
allows for student accounts, but this isn't necessary with the private URL that
can be shared on Edmodo.
way" would have been to show the full video to the entire class at
once. They would see the video only once, there would be the
usual classroom distractions, and some students wouldn't be able to see
the classroom screen from the back of the room. They also wouldn't be
able to rewind the video for review." - Rob Doherty, Science Teacher at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston OR.