Using the Video Resource Centre as a Virtual Classroom
In these challenging times, schools need to be ready to support children with their learning in a variety of ways in case of school closure. PrimarySite’s Video Resource Centre is already a popular feature of a school’s website. However, this feature will really come into its own as a way to support home learning should it be required. As a previous primary school teacher, with eight years’ experience across Key Stage One and Two, here are some of the ways that I would use the Video Resource Centre to help children learn whilst not in school. You don’t need any high-tech filming equipment – your phone will work well, and you can even upload your video directly from there to your Video Resource Centre.
You can use the Video Resource Centre to record lessons. Simply set up any resources required for your lesson, your camera and you’re ready to go. You can place supporting documents onto your class/home learning pages, and you can also add a link to your video from your page.
Support with Learning Methods
Most schools have their own approaches to calculations and other learning methods. It can be challenging when parents try to support children at home using the methods they used when they were at school as children can end up confused. Schools have successfully used the Video Resource Centre to share calculation methods, letter formation to help with handwriting and phoneme sounds to support with phonics. Creating your own videos to support your learning methods will enable a consistent approach to learning between home and school.
Do you have a dusty attic? An old shed in the garden? Some unusual objects lying around the house? Why not film them and get the children to create a piece of descriptive writing based on your short film?
We all know the importance of reading for children and the difference it can make to attainment across all subjects. Yet many children don’t have access to books in their home environment. Why not record yourself reading some of your class’s favourite stories? You could even incorporate some questions throughout to help with comprehension.
Did you know that you can create videos using PowerPoint? It’s straightforward to do, and you may even have some slides that you’ve created for previous lessons that you can use. All you need to do is to save your PowerPoint file as an MP4. If you want to add timings for transitions between slides, head to Transitions and set Advance Slide to your required timing. You can also record audio onto your PowerPoints – perfect for those of you who are camera shy! Simply go to Insert then audio and record your lesson along with your slides.
Creating your own video blog (vlog) is a great way to keep in touch with your class. Let them know how you’re getting on, share great examples of work that’s been sent to you and talk about key learning points that are going to be relevant to their home learning. Remember that your children like to consume content in different ways and just as some prefer to read or listen to stories or advice, others prefer to watch it. They’ll probably be missing you too, so it’s a great way to let them know that you’re OK!
We know how creative teachers are and look forward to seeing your fantastic videos! If you require any support with how to use your Video Resource Centre, please get in touch or take a look at the user guides in your Help area.