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How long should your videos be in the classroom? Here's the research! And consider my suggested model:


A Classroom Video Presentation Model

Many teachers show videos in their classroom and I have observed this personally too many times. What I see are typically seven to ten-minute videos in which the teacher makes a statement clicks play and then tends to other tasks at their desks. During this time some students are watching, sleeping, doing other work, checking their phone, and/or daydreaming.

Explicit direction for video presentations in class should include:
  • sharing the purpose of the video
  • reviewing prior knowledge
  • listing, defining, image/example of new vocabulary
  • outlining tasks to complete before, during, and after video -- including a collaborative conversation model

I recommend that the teacher watches the video and carefully monitors effective "pausing" points, typically two minutes, with a one-two minute "ponder/process" depending upon the task. Consider using EdPuzzle for this purpose! 

Engaging the students IN the video adds to the learning experience.

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