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Musings Over Milk - Issue #3

Katie Fielding
Katie Fielding
The Power of Video
This week I want to share how powerful it can be to add video to your instruction. Did you know that daily there are over 1 billion hours of YouTube consumed and 500+ hours are uploaded every minute? (Youtube) Video is one of the strongest forms of media because of meets the audience with both visual and audio information.
Not all video is created equal however. I have three key tips for creating good classroom video content that you can remember with the acronym ICE.
  1. Interactive: It isn’t enough to just provide a video for students to watch, make it interactive. Nearpod, Edpuzzle, and Canvas Studio are all tools which allow you to add questions, annotations, and even voice over to videos you create and share with students. I made an infographic below comparing the features of the interactive video tools we have available in my district, try them out and pick the right tool for you.
  2. Concise: There is a good reason why TikTok is so captivating and easy to learn from–it gives information in 1 minute digestible segments. An MIT study showed viewership dropped drastically after 6 minutes. I have also heard that videos should be no longer in minutes than the child’s age. 7 year olds, 7 minutes, 10 years old, 10 minutes. I personally like to stick to the 6 minute max rule. This also forces me to chunk my material into small consumable bites which is always a good instructional practice.
  3. Engaging: A simple screen share or video on your isn’t going to always be enough for Gen-Z. Use engaging visual tools like adding images in Flipgrid shorts, or the way Prezi Video and Mmhmm can allow your slides to be right next to you like you are a newscaster in the 1980’s can make your videos more visually interesting without a lot of post-production editing. If you do have some time to edit in post production, add some background music. Here are some good tips to consider when picking music for your video.
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From the Twittersphere
I love this inclusive language note below. I also just learned that whitelist and blacklist are tech words with bias built-in. What are the alternates? Allow list and Block list, not a hard switch to make.
Victoria Thompson, M.S. 🥐🏳️‍🌈
A4: One thing you can begin to immediately implement is avoiding gendered language or group students up in to teams by gender. Instead of "boys and girls," I'm a fan of "everyone," "all," and "y'all." It's much more inclusive. #PearDeckChat @PearDeck
Ken Shelton
@VictoriaTheTech @PearDeck Yep Everyone, everybody, all of you, all of us, we, and when I lead trainings “our community here” #peardeckchat
Where To Find Me Next Week
Katie Fielding
Are you part of the Canvas for Elementary (Teachers) Facebook Group? If not join now and there is a day of learning next Tuesday to help you get started with @CanvasLMS #CanvasFam
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