When the videos began to fill my inbox, I began to realize the power of the assignment.
Originally, my classroom video project was meant to entertain jaded older students in the post spring break period. I was tired, they were bored – OK, let’s try something different. I have been using student videos as exit tickets this year and students seem to enjoy it. See my post The Power of Student Voices!
As a teacher, I suffer from the Curse of Knowledge. I’ve presented the same material over and over to hundreds (thousands?) of students and I have forgotten how hard it is for a beginner to understand it. My course videos look and sound pretty good, but it is far more effective to have students explain concepts. My students sang, danced, graphed and animated! They enjoyed showing their work in class and loved helping others learn the material.