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Preview the video for suitability for achieving the lesson’s objectives and students’ learning outcomes.

Select Segments that are relevant to the lesson topic.  Show the program in segments in order for the content to be more easily understood.

Leave the Lights On.  It may reduce the sharpness of the picture – BUT – it gives the learners the message that Video Media is a PART of the lesson and the students will be responsible for the content in the video.

Direct Students’ Focus to a specific task to complete during the video.  Tell the students what they will see an what information from the video they should watch for.  Identify the information and during or after viewing the video.  The teachers should introduce video segments with a question and review unfamiliar vocabulary.

Introduce Activities before viewing the video to set the stage for learning.  Teachers should provide background information and teach the new vocabulary words.

Use Culminating Activities to help reinforce, apply, review or extend the information in the video clip.

Pause the Video to check students’ comprehension.  Ask question, giving the students time to record information from the video.  By pausing the video the teacher and students can examine a chart, a formula or an image on the screen more closely.  Students could draw a diagram of what they have just seen on the video.

Eliminate Sound or Picture.  The video clip may have unsuitable narration, but the video is outstanding.  Turn down the sound and provide your own narration, or have the students describe what they see.  Use the closed captioning with students reading along to reinforce vocabulary and improve reading comprehension.

Why Use Video in the Classroom?


  • retain more information
  • understand concepts more rapidly
  • are more enthusiastic about what they are learning
  • make new connections between curriculum topics
  • discover links between these topics and the world outside the classroom

Video is Uniquely Suited to . . .

  • take students on impossible field trips–inside the human body, or off to Jupiter
  • take students around the globe, to meet new people and hear their ideas
  • illustrate complex, abstract concepts through animated, 3-D images
  • show experiments that can’t be done in class
  • bring great literature, plays, music, or important scenes from history into the classroom

Using the Power of Visual Images – Teachers . . .

  • reach children with a variety of learning styles, especially visual learners and students with a variety of information acquisition styles
  • engage students in problem-solving and investigative activities
  • begin to dismantle social stereotypes
  • help students practice media literacy and critical viewing skills
  • provide a common experience for students
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