Tips for Using DVDs
comprehensive DVDs are designed as learning centers specifically
for students to investigate issues and learn about the topics. Stakeholder
video clips, interactive menus, and a DVDquest support student discovery
and critical thinking. Learning is more natural, meaningful, and
connected and Explore More makes these connections across disciplines
more logical, powerful and relevant.
thinking skills are at their best as students tackle the tough issues
featured on the Explore More DVDs. Students explore and investigate
timely issues through interactive menus, scene selections, special
features, stakeholder viewpoints, culminating in a DVDquesta
problem-based learning challenge.
This list of
tips may provide ideas for leveraging this exciting and versatile
technology in your classroom. Methods for individual, small group,
or whole group experiences make DVDs an important and valuable tool
for the classroom.
for Using the Explore More DVDs
- The Explore
More DVDs can be used individually as each student uses a scheduled
amount of time to explore a Questions and Reflections or
partners or small groups may include students of differing talents
and skills to complement one another. Within the group, the students
need to assign roles. One student should be the facilitator, another
the note taker, and another in charge of the remote/mouse for
navigation of the program. They may change roles whenever they
choose as long as it is decided prior to launching the DVD. All
decisions must be made by consensus of the entire group, so you
will need to plan on discussion time as well.
- Whole group
usage may range from introducing compelling issues, surveying
stakeholders and experts in the field, reviewing the broad scope
of the topics, or presenting thoughtful questions to challenge
Selections allow the individual, small group, or class to
pause at the end of each selection and review, discuss, predict,
or comment. The DVD video clips are already segmented for easy
maneuverability, reliable access, and manageable segments.
- The Viewpoints
are excellent sources for "guest speakers" by taking
the concepts out of the textbook and into the student's world.
- The English
subtitles enhance student vocabulary development and acquisition,
reading and listening comprehension, word recognition, knowledge
base expansion, reading confidence, and reading fluency.
- The "What
do you think?" pre-viewing questions in the Questions and Reflections
special feature help students anticipate concepts or issues and
provide a purpose for viewing.
- The critical
thinking skills of investigating an issue, making a decision,
experimenting and inquiring, comparing and contrasting, presenting
an argument, and solving a problem, are showcased in the "Check
it out!" and "Explore more." sections of the Questions
and Reflections special feature.
- The Questions
and Reflections special feature can help guide student-led
- The DVDquest
works best with individuals or small groups as this inquiry-based
activity requires students to explore the contents of the DVD
in search of a solution to a real-world problem.
- Be sure
to visit the Video Resources overview
for tips on leveraging this exciting and versatile technology
in your classroom.