Teaching With the Big Screen: Great (Free) Video Resources Plus DVDs to WIN

Kids—and teachers too—soak up lots of information through video. What do you love about using video your classroom?

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Here are some great resources for using video in your classroom. Roll ’em!


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31 thoughts on “Teaching With the Big Screen: Great (Free) Video Resources Plus DVDs to WIN

  1. My little ones with autism engage so much better with a video, than with me reading (no matter how animated I am!). They are a great way to introduce a book.

  2. We love to use storybook videos as a transition from school time to lunch. Dimming the lights and getting comfy for a few minutes really helps the children relax before lunch. The bonus is they are hearing more voices read to them then just our teachers. Everyone reads differently so it is nice to listen to others. The dvd’s usually are very verbally animated!! Love it!!

  3. I love using videos that show the words to songs, words to stories, etc. I believe it helps students learn that the words they hear can be written down. They learn the connection.

    Also, videos take the place of field trips that are not possible. Obviously we can’t take a trip to a lion’s natural habitat, but we can see the habitat on video.

  4. Video allows me to build much needed schema for my special needs classroom. All of my students come from underprivileged homes and many are ELL students as well so I love to show them a concept rather just tell them about it. Thanks for the chance to expand our video library!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for all the great giveaways. Your generosity it truly appreciated. My class loves to watch DVDS. They are crazy about dinosaurs.

  6. It helps to present a lesson in many formats when you’re working with students that have limited experiences and depend on school field trips to explore their local community. Video also enhances a lesson for all visual learners as well as all ELL learners.

  7. What an awesome opportunity to bridge print resources to video resources – a great way to explain to students different media and their uses. FABULOUS give away, thanks!

  8. Using videos resources in the classroom make the stories come to life. i love seeing the lit up eyes when the children see the characters we’ve been reading come to life on the screen.

  9. I always read the book first to my class and then try to show a video/dvd of the book. Then we do a comparison/contrast activity. The students really enjoy this

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