As I was searching the web for instructional resources,
more specifically –thinking devices– for teachers to use with students, I found a popular YouTube music video I hadn’t seen for quite a while. It dances you through several decades of music history:
Playing a video clip while the students walk to and from the mobile lab to retrieve the laptops is one way technology can work for you in the classroom. You will see students engaged as they watch thought-provoking, real-life topics. And no worry, your students will still be very careful about walking back to their seats.
Perhaps this video does not appeal to your teaching style. Personalize how you might use this technique; think about a video clip you’d like to share with your students while they are getting their laptops and preparing for the laptop lesson. Or might there be other times throughout your week when there is a need to refocus, refuel, refresh? No, not every day, but once in a while…all you need is a projector and some great speakers!
If you organize your video clip links on a web page of Thinking Devices , you’ll always have great clips ready to go at just the touch of a track pad. And who doesn't enjoy a good re-run?
How might you use a video clip to engage students? Share your comments for other teachers!