I subscribe to a variety of websites and receive a great weekly email that keeps me wondering about all the cool things around us. The website is called The Kids Should See This: Smart videos for curious minds of all ages . It’s a great site for videos on a variety of issues that could be explored in the classroom. Area such as science, technology, space, animals, nature, food, DIY, music, art, animation.
The videos are the sort of videos that invite discussions about ‘how is that possible’. Utilised at the start of a lesson to engage students interest and create a lively discussion as to how the issue/matter/phenomenon is possible may be one strategy. From here the lesson objectives could be explored and the lesson concluded by resolving the initial inquiry question from the video. Some of the concepts are so cool the students may be able to recreate the experiments supporting enhanced learning through creating meaningful schema’s.
Like all videos though it would be important to consider the RAT (Hughes et al, 2006) model to ensure the video is amplifying rather than replacing. But one thing is for sure, I wish these sorts of videos were available when I was at school to keep me questioning deeply about the things around us. What a great opportunity to engage some of Bloom’s Higher Order Thinking Strategies (HOTS).
An animation produced for the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Hughes, J., Thomas, R., & Scharber, C. (2006). Assessing Technology Integration: The RAT – Replacement, Amplification, and Transformation – Framework. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber, & D. A. Willis (Eds.), Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2006 (pp. 1616–1620). Orlando, Florida: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/22293/
Nakaya, R. (2016). The Kid Should See This | Smart videos for curious minds of all ages: Science, art, nature, animals, space, technology, DIY, food, music, animation, and more. Retrieved from http://thekidshouldseethis.com/
Zemanek, J. (2016, March 24). Eggstatic – Stroboscopic patterns animate on Easter eggs | The Kid Should See This [Video file]. Retrieved from http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/eggstatic-stroboscopic-patterns-animate-on-easter-eggs