Student-created Review with Video Clip Projects

Yesterday my high school daughter was doing homework in the car and started to sing, "I'm so nefarious that means I'm evil." If you instantly recognize that line, you too have watched the Quack SAT vocabulary videos. When I taught 10th grade English about ten years ago, I used those videos in my class. My daughter, who would have been about seven at the time, still remembers the vocabulary she learned while watching those with me in lesson preparation. If you have never seen these videos, watch below:

These videos are a great way to teach SAT vocabulary with audio and video clips demonstrating with actions and jingles what the words mean. They are silly and really help the vocabulary stick.

So I was thinking, wouldn't this be an awesome way to review for a major exam?

If students collaboratively create short review videos after each unit, they can watch them all when reviewing for a final exam. Use movie clips, original recordings, and commercials. Find ways to make the content catchy and memorable. Allow students to use technology to learn in a more meaningful way than completing a printed exam review. Plus, you can share the videos across class periods so they are building knowledge for the whole student group.

As for the technology needed, students can use iPads, web cams, Smartphones, digital cameras, 360 degree cameras, or any recoding devices available. Edit the videos using software like iMovie, Media Player, WeVideo, or Mozilla Popcorn Maker. The possibilities are as vast as their imaginations!


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