The availability of so many resources that teachers post on YouTube is fantastic. At our all boys school we find the videos engage the students, especially ones that include songs and rhymes. Sometimes, though, there is a lack of accountability when watching a video.
A couple of weeks ago I tweeted about a lesson (http://ed.ted.com/on/8sB6smSw/) I created using the Ted-Ed Flip platform. Ted-Ed allows you to chose a video and create questions, Think, Dig Deeper, And Finally…, relating to the video. Since then, I have taught the lesson with my Year 6 class, who have 1:1 laptops, and would like to share the results.
Using the Ted-Ed platform to create lessons is quite simple. Once you have registered, you log on the site, click create and you are prompted to type the name of a YouTube clip. Lesson 1: Use the YouTube website to find your clip; it will be easier.
For the Think section, I included literal questions and emphasised putting the answers in full sentences. This was working fantastic… until students had to register/log in to submit their results. As a whole, we had a lot of trouble with this. Lesson 2: If you are using TED-ED, students should register first and log in before answering questions. The layout is visually pleasing but could improve in its ease of use.
In the next section, Dig Deeper, I posed some deeper questions that required students to think about what they had learnt, and draw on prior knowledge, to answer. There isn’t an area to answer these questions on Ted-Ed so I used todaysmeet.com for students to post their thoughts. Todaysmeet.com is like a tweet stream where people who have the address can join and type messages up to 140 characters. This was projected onto the whiteboard for others to read and respond to. This allowed the early finishers to challenge each other while others finished. Lesson 3: Todaysmeet.com compliments the Dig Deeper section, and gives the students a public audience.
We then sat down as a class and discussed the our answers to the Think questions. Because the ‘Think’ results are received straight away, I was able to address any incorrect responses and misconceptions.
I felt the best part of the lesson was going through the Todaysmeet stream and getting boys to elaborate on their thoughts. It lead to a deeper discussion, and with prompting, they came up with a way we could test if yeast, sugar and water created a gas.
In the future I will use this for class and homework activities. I will continue to use it in class to establish rules and good practice and then use it as a homework task. This will give students some background knowledge before the lesson and help to identify students who need extra assistance during the lesson.