Active Vs. Passive Video Viewing Update

Last February, I wrote a post about active vs. passive video viewing resources. I asked all of you in Education Land to let me know if you have a good digital tool you have used with students for a more engaged video viewing experience. There were several people that responded with some excellent resources, so I am including an updated Listly list below. There is one resource that compelled me to update this particular blog post. It’s not an interactive digital tool, but it is the most comprehensive pedagogical article that provides comprehension strategies for effective video viewing. Brad Cloud, an amazing NEISD colleague, sent me this Teachthought post written by Terry Heick, titled “Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book.” 

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In his post, Terry describes the similarities and differences (mainly differences) between the brain processing information obtained through video vs. text.

“Like reading a text, video comprehension is a matter of decoding, but with different symbols based on unique modalities. Light, sound effects, scene cuts, dialogue, voice-overs, video speed, music, and more. How should students approach a video? How should they watch one? What should they do when they’re done? More largely, what viewing comprehension strategies should students use to promote close viewing? What can they do to increase comprehension and retention of video content so that they are able to repackage meaning into other media forms?” – Terry Heick

But that’s not all…he then provides 40 different viewing comprehension strategies you can use with your students that follow the before, during and after framework. I highly recommend you read his entire article. It will compel you to change the way you use videos in your classroom. 

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