New standards mean new materials for most schools. In mine, Language arts and math materials both have been replaced by Common Core aligned curriculum. It’s exciting and daunting at the same time. The good news for me as a techie person is that both programs come with video tutorials for the teacher. The last couple days, I was in front of my laptop screen learning the ins and outs of our new curriculum. I really enjoyed it and found it very effective. After about 20 minutes with the videos, I was more proficient in the daily plan of these curriculum as well as with the supplemental materials I have at my disposal.
I also noticed both programs have online video available for the students. I can utilize it in my daily lesson. For years video has been used to capture the attention of students. This is no different from the Disney videos like “Johnny Appleseed” that my teachers would make “dittos” from, or worksheets. Remember those blue dittos? The great part now is that they come with most learning programs and they are already embedded into the lesson plans. Now I am not saying prop the kids up with popcorn and show videos. At the same time, a short video demonstrating the concept of place value can go miles farther than simply talking about it and pointing at a chart. I think both elements can improve a lesson’s effectiveness. I for one am very glad the publishers of teaching materials are seeing it helpful to provide quality education video. How are you using video in your