From Discovery Educator Erik Wittmer:
Where was unitedstreaming back when we all went to school ten-thirty years ago? Throw out the old film strip players, the ones that someone needed to turn every time it “dinged” and get rid of the really loud movie like projectors that you couldn’t hear because you were sitting right next to the projector. Bring in an LCD projector, laptop/desktop and sit back and enjoy the unitedstreaming Video clips.
unitedstreaming has added many avenues with my 1st and 2nd grade learning support students. Not only do they love to see “movies” on my laptop, through the LCD projector in the computer lab, but love to be listening to a video clip during guided reading time to reinforce a previous lesson taught in my room (what many people call center time in primary classrooms).
One new idea learned recently at PETE & C was the idea of digital streaming. My students are currently working on digital stories. I have given them the option of bringing in their own characters (stuffed animals, action figures, Lego figures) and creating their own setting. In addition, if they can find a unitedstreaming video to help enhance their story, I am helping them bring it into their Scholastic Keys MaxShow slides.
To be able to bring lessons to a new level by incorporating short, two minute clips excites students of all ages. It makes lessons come up to age with technology by simply inserting a clip into a power point presentation. Most of my students can’t read the school’s text books that are provided and most of the stories in their anthologies can be found using unitedstreaming. What a great way to boost the kids’ self-esteem when orally answering questions in a regular room setting.