There were lots of gems in the course that could make great Tech Tips but one resource that I wanted to explore is TV411. TV411 is a collection of short educational videos designed for adult learners with interactive learning activities. Topics include reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science and finance, and a few of the videos are available in Spanish. The site also includes a section for teachers with an index to the videos by skills and information on how to use the site.
As with any new tech tool, even the simplest ones, it’s always a good idea to try it out first and to make sure you are comfortable and familiar with the site. Explore the site’s videos and interactive activities so that you’ll know what’s there and how to find it. This way you’ll be able to answer your students’ questions as they come up.
If you are hoping that your students will use the videos beyond the classroom, you’ll want to take some steps to make this work.
- First, find out if they have access and if so what type. Smart phones? A home computer? Do they have internet access and know how to use their device to find a website?
- If they do have a way to get access outside of class, consider how you’re going to share the links with them. This is where it’s great if you’ve got a class website established, so that students only have to know one place to go to find all their course information.
- If you don’t have a class website you could try posting the links on a public social media site or sending them out to students as text messages (maybe using Remind101).
TV411 is of course not the only place to find videos to use in the classroom, but it’s a great place to start. You can also try searching YouTube’s Education Channel and build your own collection of videos or find lists posted by other teachers of their favorites.
Do you use video in your classroom? Where do you find your videos and how do you share them with students?