Friday, October 16, 2009

Chapter 2 - Videos in English Classrooms

I found this chapter to be particularly interesting. It describes the benefits of using videos in English classrooms, as well as the steps to take to allow for maximum creativity. I really like the idea of allowing the students to get into groups and figure out their ideas for themselves. By allowing the students to create different projects for the same concept, the students' creativity is sparked and brought to full capacity.

In addition, the students all learn vital skills about the roles involved with making a movie and the process that comes with it. For an English classroom, there is also a great opportunity for writing. Writing a script for a video not only is a great way to get experience writing, but it is also more fun for some students because it allows them to write something other than traditional prose. Without realizing it, students are getting even more experience than they realize. Using videos is a wonderful way to get students involved in the creative process and turn on thoughts about English that they would have never tried before.

2 comments:

Danielle said...

Your chapter does sound interesting! Some of my favorite memories of high school are the videos I had the opportunity to make for my English and Spanish classes. It is always a project that students don't dread - making learning come naturally. They probably don't even consider it work if they get to do such a fun project. I wonder how I could incorporate those same ideas into a math class...

Klee said...

You bring up many good points. I think that allowing students to created different projects that represent the same ideas is a great idea. This really targets all students, and does not inhibit their creativity. The movie idea is a great one, because it will get students more comfortable with using technology. Technology is going to have a huge role in our educational and work systems, and it is important to gain as many technological skills as possible.