To engage students with video, some teachers create a set of guiding questions. Even though this may reveal key ideas with the video, this can also cause students to watch/listen carefully for the answers to questions. Another approach the encourages students to bring their own thinking to the table involves the teacher utilizing open-ended strategies. In this approach, teachers can facilitate the learning and offer guidance and insight related to quality of student thinking that's applied. Overall, the goal is to use a resource strategically (in this case, a video) to elevate critical thinking and understanding content.
National Geographic has a set of videos that capture teachers using classroom strategies that elevate critical thinking and a thoughtful approach to using videos to support student learning.
The video series, titled Experiencing Film: An Active Approach, shares the following ideas/strategies for engaging students with video:
- Film Freeze Frame: Observations
- Film Freeze Frame: Predictions
- Auditory Perceptions: Sketches
- Auditory Perceptions: Community Web
- I Am From: Poem
- I Am From: I Appreciate My Neighbors Who...