According to the Grapevine….

Browser Let the games begin! DEN members from Florida will be sharing how theyBreakdownfl  use unitedstreaming for the whole DEN from September 1, 2006 through October 31, 2006. Any DEN member is welcome to participate but only Florida DEN members are eligible to win prizes.  For more contest details: Download the_good_news.ppt

According the the Good News Grapevine, I was told that one high school utilizes unitedstreaming videos in a unique manner.  They seemed to be having far too many sexual harassment cases last year. In a proactive move, Kathy, the assistant principal, searched unitedstreaming for videos on sexual harassment and sure enough Sexual_harrassmentshe found these five great video segments.  Any student accused of sexual harassment is automatically set to ISS (in school suspension).  Why waste this teachable moment?  The students have to watch each of these videos, write an expository essay on the impact it had and submit their essays for review.  If the essays are accepted, they are released from ISS.  2nd offenders are rare.  If the essays are not accepted, they get to review the videos again, write a persuasive essay the second time for a chance to change their ways. 

Wp Now that’s a different use! What do you think? Qb

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  1. Michele Futch said:

    BTW, the Sexual Harassment video & Essay is a great way to manage unacceptable behavior. It would probably be a great way to curb other inappropriate behaviors if there were videos to go with it?

  2. Roy Phaneuf said:

    Alright, here is a So. Fla idea:
    I teach behaviorally disordered 3rd,4th and 5th grade children. As part of my Math and Social Studies instruction I regularly use unitedstreaming videos to introduce topics. It always grabs the students attention and I can monitor behavior a little more closely and make sure that they are “with it”. I rarely use it for more than 10-12 minutes for an intro and then we get right into our printed resources or manipulatives. I KNOW it works because I do it a lot!!

  3. Lee Kolbert said:

    I’ve been recommending that our teachers make good use of the Assignment Builder and incorporate their assignments URLs into their Edline sites. Students just sign on to Edline, click on the link and work on the assignment. Teachers are loving having this convenience!

  4. Sue Hannan said:

    Here’s another for South Florida,
    I use the segments of the video and do a jigsawing activity with my students. My students are divided into groups. Each person in the group is responsible for watching and reporting back to the group on a certain segment of the video, the students watch it, record their thoughts, and then report back and discuss their part with their group. I use the video just like I’d do a jigsawing activity with a book.

  5. Nathan Guteras said:

    North Florida idea:
    For schools that use the “Network Manager” downlaod feature , when using “Assignment Builder” my teachers create directions, weblinks, and quizzes in the “Assignment Builder”. The day before we download the video or videoclips to our local server, then we have the student’s computer stations linked to the videos folder and play the clips off our local server. A typical technolgoy intergration lesson would include::
    First they log into the “Student Center”. Then they visit the linked sites (live) , then they watch the videos (which are not live streaming over the internet) , then take the online quiz (live). It takes a little more planning, yet our limited bandwidth connection does not crash our whole school with the live downloads during the school day.
    We used these features to teach about land formations using “Pangea” topic for third graders.

  6. Michele Futch said:

    Wow! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and tips. I will put these into action. I’m sure other teachers appreciate and will benefit from these, too.

  7. Tiffany Bonner said:

    Wow. That is a great idea. I’ll have to share that idea at my school. In fact, I could even implement in after school detentions.

  8. Sue Hannan said:

    Let’s go South Florida!!!
    Here’s another way to use unitedstreaming. The Teacher to Teacher Professional Development videos are wonderful videos for staff development of new and veteran teachers.

  9. Wendy Norton said:

    I really like the idea of using videos for detentions and behavioral issues. I like using video clips to introduce a lesson and the assignment builder as an alternative assessment tool. I also like to use the discovery health connection to teach some of the monthly character education required by our standards.

  10. Sylvia Vigo-Smith said:

    I may not be first in this contest but I love the DEN and I LOVE unitedstreaming. This is my first year back to teaching grammar in about 12 years so I use unitedstreaming videos to first brush up on my skills and then put them into powerpoint presentations with notes to teach the skills to my students. It’s a fun way to break up notes so the kids don’t become bored. Professor Syntax and I are on a first name basis and my students now look forward to seeing him and his friend Nemesis. I usually show the whole video and then break up the segments with notes in between re-enforcing the video. If the students are having problems understanding I can replay the segment to reteach with more from the textbook and/or other reproducibles.

  11. Karen Seddon said:

    Wow! This contest is so much fun already! To help anyone who was confused where to post….. Send you unitedstreaming ideas to me in email and then comment away about the ideas OR whatever the post is about. You guys are great. Keep them coming!

  12. Sue Hannan said:

    Another way that I use unitedstreaming videos in my classroom is I create a “Scavenger Hunt” to go along with the video. First, I preview the video and make up questions that the students can answer while watching the video. The students watch the video then they watch the video again filling in their scavenger hunt questions with the answers from the video. The students love it because it becomes a game for them.

  13. Wendy Norton said:

    Scavanger hunts are great I forgot that I did a few of them last year. I will put them in my plans for next month. Thanks for the reminder. I use them the same way, however I also incorporate websites that have animations on science concepts to assist in the review prior to taking quizzes.

  14. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Let’s get ready to rumble!!! I love contests and challenges. They make life fun, even when you are sleep deprived.

  15. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    All these ideas are wonderful. I am plan n sharing them with my teachers at my weekly afternoon tech update events.

  16. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I love the idea of using these unitedstreaming videos for ISS rather than have the students just sit and write maybe something could get through!

  17. Cheryl Woolwine said:

    I have been using the builders lately more and more and I am so impressed. they really do make teaching easier but fun!

  18. Debbie Bohanan said:

    Kids and teachers love using the builders. I agree that they definitely make the kids more interested in the learning process.

  19. Debbie Bohanan said:

    So how is South Florida doing in the blogging contest? I have been working hard to put us in the lead! Go SFL!

  20. Louise McGinnis said:

    I like being able to use certain clips instead of whole videos especially with science activities.

  21. Louise McGinnis said:

    I have been sharing with my teachers at school how easy it is to save materials on the My content section when they find it and that way they don’t have to come look for it again.

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