Thursday, December 28, 2006

Using Video-On-Demand (VOD)

In No Fuss Video in the September 15, 2006 issue of techLEARNING (, Al Doyle discusses video-on-demand (VOD), specifically unitedstreaming. He offers tips for effectively using VOD in the classroom, including the following:

* Always download and preview the video before using it. This way you’ll know if there are any broadband issues.
* Permit student questions while you show the video. Periodically pause the video to ask questions and check that the students understand.
* Use handouts--pre-, post-, and during-the-viewing activities. Discovery Education's unitedstreaming has blackline masters that work well.
* Project the video on the blackboard or a SmartBoard rather than show the video on a computer screen.
* Assign students a videoediting project using iMovie or MovieMaker. They can combine unitedstreaming’s clips with clips they create with a camcorder. unitedstreaming permits this use with some of its clips.
* Use a video playlist to create specialized archives of content.

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