Using unitedstreaming in Language Arts

I am putting together an article for an upcoming edition of the Discovery Education Resource Guide, and I need your help.  The article is about effective and creative ways to use unitedstreaming as a tool for supporting instruction in Language Arts.  I am basically looking at two questions:

1) How do you use unitedstreaming in your Language Arts classroom?

2) How do you use unitedstreaming to help prepare your students for high-stakes tests in Reading and English?

If you would like to share your ideas, please let me know.  I want to make the article a collaborative of PA DEN members rather than a rant from me :)

Send me an email.  Post a comment here.  Give me a call.  Whatever works for you.  I really want to hear your ideas.  Thanks in advance.

Comments

  1. Brian Adams

    I have used UnitedStreaming with a research project for third grade students.
    I was collaborating with our librarian. She was having one of our third grade classes work on researching the planets in our solar system. They were working in pairs or small groups. They did some research in the library. When they came to me in the lab, they were able to use some UnitedStreaming clips for research as well. I found that it really enhanced the research they were doing. It was great for those visual and auditory students that need to hear and see it. Some students watched their video clip two and three times to make sure they had everything. It was very motivating for the students.

  2. Maryann Molishus

    I have been gradually building unitedstreaming into my second grade language arts program. And, through teacher training, other teachers have been doing the same.

    One way is to create a learning center. Place the children into small groups. When it is their turn, they view a video that has a literature connection. After viewing, provide an activity that helps the children work on comprehension. Some quizzes are already provided or you can make your own in unitedstreaming. You can differentiate the quizzes for individual children or based on the needs or current lessons of the class (i.e., making connections to a story they have read or to themselves). This learning center is especially useful for struggling readers who may not be making the most of independent reading time.

    Like Brian Adams, I am integrating unitedstreaming videos into our research project. The second grade children reasearch insects, write a report, and put together a thre-slide PowerPoint presentation. I have been thinking of boosting their presentations to more than their basic PowerPoint slides because I know how much more they can really do. I want to use some of the videos as a way for them to gather information. I would like to try to use some clips and/or images in their presentations as well.

  3. RJ Stangherlin

    Like Brian and Maryann, my students integrate unitedstreaming into a year-long interdisciplinary research and presentation project. Two years ago, the project came under [justifiable, although I hate to admit it] seige for being too hard. What called the project into question was the labor-intensive process of capturing, compressing, converting, and then [the easy part] inserting video into PowerPoint. Unitedstreaming to the rescue. Our district [I think through our IU] obtained site licenses, and the rest is history. Now we use unitedstreaming and everyone is happy. It’s a win-win with unitedstreaming, and our students love it.
    My curriculum revolves around technology-infused project-based learning. No matter what we study, we use unitedstreaming, and best of all about hands-on learning, the students become producers too.

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