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Memphis City Schools Implements Video Capture for Professional Development. Professional Development | News Memphis City Schools Implements Video Capture for Professional Development Memphis City Schools (MCS) will implement a video capture solution in all 180 of its schools as a primary component of its professional development and teacher evaluation program. With this technology, teachers will be able to use any video capture device to record themselves teaching a complete lesson or lesson segment. The teachers can then use the video for self-reflection or upload it to a secure Web site to share with colleagues. The district said it hopes to develop an online video repository of professional best practices using examples from teachers within the district, so teachers can learn from each other as part of the professional development process. The technology the district chose for this project is from Teachscape, a provider of Web-based professional learning content, classroom observation and evaluation technologies, and teaching improvement services.

The 50 Funniest Movie Scenes Ever (With Videos) Eight Ways to Use Video With English Language Learners. This blog was co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski. This post is excerpted from their new book, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels. "I like the way you use videos with us -- you get us moving, talking, writing and speaking. The problem is you make us think too much. " -- "John," one of our English-Language Learner students We can think of far worse things a student might say to us, and John's comment demonstrates our perspective on using video with English-Language Learners (and, for that matter, with all students) -- research and our experience show that it can be a very effective learning tool, but it has to be used as an active one.

The word "active" comes from the Latin "actus," which means "a doing, a driving. " Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. 1. Describe what you see: Who is doing what? 2. YouTube Launches ‘American Idol’ Search For The Best Teachers.

It’s Not a Pipe: Teaching Kids to Read the Media. The image projected on the screen in the front of the classroom is Magritte's painting of a pipe, including the words, "Ceci n'est pas une pipe. " I ask the students to each briefly make a guess why they think Magritte wrote that, since the painting is obviously a pipe. Some volunteers share their guesses with the class. One student nails it. "It's not a pipe; it's a drawing of a pipe! " "Good, so what does this have to do with politics, advertising, and the media? " Guesses? One student comes very close. The full title of the unit is "Politics, the News and Advertising: Critical Consciousness and the Media. " Of course it's a priority that all students must be taught to be literate in their written and spoken language, the language of words.

Candidates for Sale Advertising, political parties and the news media continually use visual images to affect our thinking and our feelings. In this particular unit students watch The Living Room Candidate, Presidential Campaign Commercials, 1952-2008. Film as a Great Motivator. The high school social studies class has just gotten seated. The lights go out and a video projector immediately begins showing a scene from the film Boyz n the Hood. In the scene it's late at night and two black teenagers walking along a street, both nicely dressed, are stopped, thrown up against a wall and searched by two cops.

One of the cops is black. The other is white. The teens are scared and angry. The lights go on. A large group discussion focused on the race-related complexity of the interaction follows. What Just Happened Here? Notice the key features of this lesson: An emotionally charged scene from a film was used to immediately grab students' attention.Only a short scene was used, not a whole movie. The primary directives here are: Of course, film has been used in teaching for ages, but mostly in a very limited way. Emotional Connection It’s also important to note that this same method can be used in other subject areas. The Power of Visual Media One final word. Mrs. Hembree’s Book Trailers. Student Book Trailers. Have you ever been to the movies and watched the previews for upcoming attractions?

If you are like me, you have seen lots and lots of them! Those previews for movies got me thinking. What if we took that same idea and applied it to books? We could have previews for awesome books in the library! And…..what if instead of me making them like the one I made for The One and Only Ivan, the STUDENTS made them? That’s how our book trailer project got started! To get us started, we watched some other book trailers in our 4th grade library classes to get ideas on the website Then we watched some book trailers that I made. There lots more information with photos of our project, on our Kid Lit Movies post. Tonight on the Titanic Mary Pope Osborne Anno’s Magic Seeds Mitsumasa Anno Good Morning, Gorillas Owl Moon Jane Yolen The Return of the Indian Lynne Reid Banks Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo Mummies in the Morning Mary Pope Osborne Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Jeff Kinney by.

Lights, Camera, Learn: SchoolTube Strives to Be YouTube for K-12 Education. Can sharing facts you learn in class be as fun as sharing the latest “Call Me Maybe” parody on YouTube? That’s what SchoolTube says. The free website claims to be “the nation’s largest teacher-moderated K-12 video-sharing website” — think of it as YouTube for the education set. Teachers and students can upload videos that they produce, from a lesson on quadratic equations to “Call That Safety,” a “Call Me Maybe” parody about science lab safety.

Since father and son Carl Arizpe, 53, and Andrew Arizpe, 27, established the St. Louis-based site in 2007, they report that its library has grown to about 400,000 videos and represents at least one user from 40,000 schools nationwide (up from 30,000 in Winter 2011/2012). (MORE: Schools Test ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ Programs) YouTube boasts an entire section of educational videos called YouTube EDU — but some schools block the video-sharing tool because of the explicit content on other parts of the site. (MORE: Schools Embrace Mobile Phones)