On TeacherTube we found a brainbreak for younger elementary students with Usher singing the ABC's. This groovy song helps the kids get their wiggles out while singing along to a different version of the ABC's. Also on TeacherTube we found a video for the Hokey Pokey that can be a brain break or as a science lesson discovering the parts of our bodies.
Using videos can be very affective in the classroom. Videos provide a picture that is sometimes difficult to see by just reading or lecture. There is a YouTube channel called crash course U.S. History, this channel provides interesting and attention grabbing videos about important events in history. Instead of just having your students read about them, you can also provide a video to help them gain a better picture of what they are learning.
I checked out teacher Tube, and it's use in the classroom. Teacher Tube is an easy resource to use in the classroom because it engages each student in the content. This can be in a history class, where students could easily read about an event, but, by using Teacher Tube, they are able to see and hear the event, students will be engaged in the learning and are more likely to remember the content. I can use this to engage my students, and to allow me to work more one-on-one with struggle students. While most of my students are watching the video, I would be able to walk around and help the struggling students.
Kapre has used SchoolTube before but Calin had not, prior to this PLC. There are many fun videos that can help students learn their times tables, characteristics of shapes, etc. There are also good videos for brain breaks. However, one site that we have used for brain breaks before, although it was not listed, is GoNoodle. GoNoodle is a site that encourages students to get up and move during the school day.
I used Teaching Channel and found a video titled Supporting Language and Content Learning in Math: https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/math-for-newcomers-ousd
This is a great site in order to support teachers in areas that they may need help on and may not know an expert in their geographical area.
I looked at Teacher Tube. I could use this in my classroom as a brain break, introduction to a next unit, or send parents there to look at the blog which is on the website.
Videos are a great way to enhance classroom learning. Even though most schools are blocking YouTube, there are other teacher/school friendly video sites that teachers can use in schools. School Tube and Teacher Tube are great alternatives to YouTube. The best thing about these 2 video alternative resources is that the teacher does not have to pick through the non-appropriate school material to find what is can be used within the classroom.
I have used Youtube and TeacherTube in lessons I have created before. I like using small clips in my lessons because it gives the students a different voice to listen to than mine. Youtube might be blocked in some schools so other tools like TeacherTube will be helpful in my classroom. Videos are great for both audio and visual learners and I will use these resources to liven up the History in my classroom.
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