I used to be a teacher, and to be honest, the first time I heard about using “Vine Videos in the classroom”, I thought to myself, “Great, here’s another boring app they are going to forcefully make us use in the classroom”. It wasn’t until I studied the subject in depth and found examples of teachers who have been using it that I was convinced this was something to be considered!
The disadvantage—or advantage—of Vine, a video sharing tool owned by Twitter, is the six-second limitation. How on earth are we supposed to film something and deliver a message effectively in six seconds? How about the sixty minutes you use in your classroom to teach a subject? Are they sufficient for your 21st century students and their oh-so-limited attention spans? Probably not!
Without further ado, let’s see how this app can be used as an educational tool…
Creating How-to Videos
A how-to video in the short time allotted can be challenging. However, you can use that to your benefit by allowing the students to figure out the “gray areas” themselves by reading between the lines. This is a great way to promote creativity and critical thinking.
For example, you can show your students how to make a creative art project in six seconds. Of course this will require plenty of planning and editing. Include only the most important steps of the work as a means to leave the rest to their imagination and thereby promote creativity. You can also use this technique to assign projects and deliver instructions.
Capture Stop-Motion Stories
Provide your students with a series of pictures that can be put together into a complete story. Develop your own version of a story using Vine, as an example. Ask the students to use the same pictures to create a new version of a stop-motion story, unlike your own. You can also ask them to use relevant music in the background that suits the images and story. This is a very creative literature project that will teach students how to infer and effectively piece together elements of a story (i.e. conflict, climax, resolution).
For Science Experiments
Headed off to the science lab? During group science projects and experiments, you can ask you students to document their science experiment step by step while narrating the process. They can share the video online using a class-wide hashtag and also view those of others in the classroom. The best or most popular put-together video—and of course experiment—can be rewarded with bonus marks.
Acting out Story Scenes
Tweak and spice up your literature classes by including a fun Vine project. Children find reading classic novels such as MacBeth or Jane Eyre quite boring. A Burlington High School Help Desk teacher quotes his experience of requiring students to act out a particular scene in front of the classroom. The students practiced the scene and presented the skit in front of the class. He says that if Vine was used, the process would have been much faster, enabling them to play it anytime again and show it to others. The students can showcase their interpretation of the story. Additionally, this would be challenging too because of the six-second restriction, forcing students to come up with the most creative and effective way to deliver the message.
Note: Be very careful about the use of Vine in the classroom. Students may misuse the application to capture videos of the teacher or other students. It is better to create a class account and deliver warnings that layout the rules of using application in the classroom. Monitor the use of this application in the classroom and make sure the students are using it for educational purposes ONLY.
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