Whilst grazing gently on my Facebook page, it dawned on me that all those videos and images that “friends” post, showing all manner of amazing things, could be a very useful resource for teachers.
Many of these videos leave one wondering what happened next, or can easily be used as a starting point for creative writing lessons. Show the class one of these videos, and then ask them to carry the story on, either in words, or in pictures, depending on the content of the video.
To get us started:
To get the ball rolling, here is a rather beautiful video of a guy blowing huge bubbles on a beach. Nothing much happens, but the ethereal beauty of the bubbles, and the kids having a ball bursting them could well give rise to some intriguing stories I feel.
Invasion of the Space Bubble Aliens…….?
Bubbles on a Beach:
So, did this give rise to any ideas? I would be intrigued to hear what stories this video may have produced.
Database of Videos for teachers:
To this end, I intend to post such videos on this blog, in order to create a sort of database of videos that can be used in a variety of different ways in the classroom, each with a set of teacher’s notes to help start the thinking needed to make best use of such videos.
Saving teacher’s time:
I realise that teachers could perfectly well hunt the net for suitable videos themselves, but as the husband of a teacher, I know how little spare time teachers actually have to carry out such searches. Think about it for a minute, you have to first of all find a video that fits your needs, which entails watching many videos to find just the right one, and also to be sure that it does not contain any unsuitable images or sounds, that it isn’t too long, but equally not too short… and so it goes.. A very time consuming exercise in fact. So I hope that as time goes by and I build up a big library of links to all manner of videos this blog will become a useful resource for teachers.
Teachers share their videos with others here:
Equally, I hope that as this blog becomes better known, teachers will share videos they have discovered themselves with the rest of us here, so that in due time this blog could become a seriously useful teacher’s resource.
Availability of videos:
I shall ensure that all the videos I post links to here can be downloaded, so that teachers can get them onto their own computers if wished.
Also, if any of these videos has a copyright owner, I shall do my best to locate them to get permission to use their videos in this manner.
Share with us:
Does this idea interest you? Would you use this blog as a Teacher’s Resource once I have posted a reasonable number of such videos?
Do let me know your thoughts on this, and if you feel that any particular sort of video would be of more use in the classroom than another sort.