With public libraries shutting down and classroom time increasingly being squeezed from every side, there is little justification to show fun, engaging, educational videos. That is until now.
I teach Biology and freshman science in an inner city/urban public school where over 50% of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches.
Daily life is often a challenge for many students, so textbook learning due to lack of materials only adds to their disenchantment. With no time to spare, I cannot devote class time to showing educational videos that, in the past, have been well-received and understood by my students.
As you can see from my request list, this round of video requests focuses on ecology and humans' impact on the biosphere. I have set up an in-class video library that students are required to access and use at their convenience. After watching a video, they have to complete a follow-up question sheet created by their classmates, as well as create one of their own. This allows students to view educational videos of their own choosing, at their own pace, and frees up class time for other activities.
This system has proved to be very successful at allowing students a choice in determining the video they want to learn from, as well as requiring follow up reflection as evidence of learning.
Your contribution to this project will allow me to build upon this success, and allow students the opportunity to learn through their own, self-paced viewing of interesting educational videos of their own choosing.
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