Taking video notes

Whilst supporting in a GCSE RE lesson on Monday I saw a great little strategy to help students take notes whilst watching a video clip.

Often when viewing a video clip in a lesson, many students struggle to write all the useful information down. In addition, many will miss important visual points whilst they have their head down writing. The strategy below enables all the relevant information to be recorded and then shared within small groups.


Working in a group of four, decide who will be student A, B, C and D

Student A – Write down what you see

Student B – Write down what you hear

Student C – Write down relevant facts 

Student D – Write down something you didn’t know before

Once the video has finished, share your ideas with each other.

I liked the way that this strategy focused the students note taking and ensured that they also had time to watch the video without spending the whole time scribbling notes. 


Teachers TV archive taken over

A new organisation has been set up by the people who ran Teachers TV. Teachers Media will give full access to the archive of 3,500 videos that were on the Teachers TV website before it was closed down. These should become available in the next two weeks.
On Teachers Media you will be able to:
  • Stream all the 3500 Teachers TV videos at the highest quality
  • Easily search and navigate the Teachers TV archive
  • Access and download documents and other resources linked to the videos
  • Use the popular Behaviour Challenge interactive training tool

These resources will continue to be free of charge. This is great news.

1930s Propaganda films go online

A series of British propaganda films from the 1930s and 1940s have put online for the first time by the British Council.

The films are being uploaded gradually, with the first 13 now available to view, with a further 145 or so being digitalised and uploaded evetually as part of the project.

One of the films online already, shows the 1945 General Election. Filmed in Kettering, it shows the Tory John Profumo standing for re-election.

The films can be viewed here then selecting the ‘digitalised films’ tab on the left of the screen

Source: http://www.channel4.com/news/british-council-put-1930s-and-1940s-films-online

How to download videos from You Tube

Videos on YouTube and similar sites are flash video files with the extension .flv. These files can be downloaded onto a hard drive and watched via a flv player, or converted into alternative formats. This allows you to use suitable clips even if YouTube is blocked at school.
There are several websites that provide a download service for videos from YouTube, Google Video and similar sites. Typically they ask you to enter the URL of the video, then provide a link for a downloadable file. The downloadable file is often called get_video.htm and will need renaming with the extension flv. Sites that currently offer this service include http://www.leechvideo.com/, http://keepvid.com/,  http://www.downloadfromyoutube.com/  and http://www.xilisoft.com/download-youtube-video.html

The downloaded files can be played on an FLV viewer such as the one downloadable from http://applian.com/flvplayer/index2a.php  or http://flv-player.net/

It is possible to convert flv video into most other video formats. Free programs have been developed for this purpose, such as the ones available from http://www.brothersoft.com/downloads/flv-to-mpeg.htmlhttp://www.rivavx.com/?encoder  and http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/downloads/flv_to_mpg_software/

Thanks to the HA for this information

Schools within schools – a way to implement KS3 changes?

Bishop’s Park College in Clacton-on-Sea is divided into three schools, with school leaders, staff and students all benefiting from a personalised approach.

Headteacher Mike Davies explains how this approach allows staff to get to know their pupils, with each small school teaching a maximum of 300 students.

KS3 pupils work on themed projects for four days, with a master class on Fridays. One day a week pupils have access to clubs, freeing up time for staff CPD.

New staff find it rewarding to use their key skills in other areas, whilst pupils feel inspired by staff that understand them.

View the video at: http://www.teachers.tv/video/22948

Curriculum developments – video resources

As well as being a place for people to post videos of family celebrations, people falling off trampolines and surprisingly good singers as featured on TV talent shows, it is also the home to some very useful training materials for teachers. I have posted a selection of You Tube channels that I have found useful. They feature a wide range of videos, which can often save you trawling through mountains of paperwork.

QCA Online Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/QCAOnline

QCA National Curriculum Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/QCAnatcurriculum

DCSF Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DCSFgovUK