Source: WGBH Educational Foundation
Making abstract concepts real to students is a common issue for science teachers. Among the many ways of doing this, video can serve as an essential tool that students are comfortable with—to connect potentially difficult science concepts with real-world examples. And because video can visually convey what goes on in the world outside the classroom, it has the capacity to bring to life otherwise dry topics that seemingly have no application.
As part of his lesson on electricity and magnetism shown here, teacher Jeff Texeira uses a video resource on the Hoover Dam to inspire a class discussion about electrical energy. Texeira shows the video and then begins a dynamic conversation with his students about sources of electrical energy and the impact electricity has on the students’ daily lives.
As a “visit to the real world,” videos motivate students needing a reason to study a particular topic by showing how science actually happens. Alternately, they help stimulate the imagination of students who need a visual representation for an abstract concept.
Video can expand isolated ideas into broader contexts and show students how such ideas are being actually used “out there” in the world they know.
Academic standards correlations on Teachers' Domain use the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) database of state and national standards, provided to NSDL projects courtesy of JES & Co.
We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.