There are a variety of ways in which to incorporate VITAL video into your classroom. This document offers a few options based on the various computer and projection equipment setups that may be available to you. Remember, the video resources on this site are created as a supplement to your teaching, so it is not necessary to change your teaching practices in order to successfully utilize the resources. Instead, aim to apply your best techniques to this new technology.
Managing the Technology
Remember that, if possible, it is always best to test audio and video equipment ahead of time. VITAL videos can be presented in a variety of ways, so if you do not have access to certain equipment, consider using an alternative viewing arrangement.
Group Viewing: Watching materials as a group allows the class to view and discuss information together. This setup requires you to download the video to your computer and then project the image on an LCD projector or a television screen. Make sure to select “Full-screen” viewing mode in your media player. Check the speaker volume to make sure that everyone in the classroom will be able to hear the accompanying audio. There is no need to turn off the lights to view the video clips; watching with the lights on will keep students focused.
Small Group Viewing: Consider grouping two, three or four students together to view the video on a single computer screen. Then, have the students work together or individually on follow-up activities. Students can select the video window size, but it is recommended that they play it in “Full-screen” mode.
Individual Viewing: Whether it’s in your classroom or in a computer lab, students can use the VITAL videos for independent learning. Consider having individuals cycle through the video viewing station(s) while other students are working on other activities. Make sure to download the video file onto the student computer and check to make sure you have headphones connected to the computer for student use.
Tips for transporting VITAL Video files
It is possible for you to download VITAL Videos on one computer and then transport them to another computer for viewing. This is especially helpful when you wish to download the videos on a home computer and then transport them to your classroom computer. Here are some tips for transporting VITAL Video files:
Meeting Student Needs
Consider using some of the following strategies during VITAL video activities:
Use the Pause button. You can pause for discussion, to ask for predictions, to define a word, to make connections to students’ own experiences, or to highlight a point made in the video. Just use your mouse to click on the pause button of your media player.
Replay the video. Students may not take in all the information in one viewing, so replay the video as needed. You could also have the students view the clip multiple times, asking them to focus on a different element each time.
Consider turning the volumeoff and allowing students to observe and comment on the images or predict the content of the narration.
You may find that you would like to modify the VITAL lesson plan handouts to meet your students’ needs. Modified handouts can be used as extra practice or enrichment.
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