1. Instant access to content
Teachers typically have to submit paperwork and give supervisors ample time before being able to play a movie to students. Instead of spending so much time trying to get the content, why not instead use snippets of a movie to get the general point across?
With programs like Netflix, teachers can login and search for a movie about the lesson. Students on the other hand are supplied with real-world examples that can automatically cancel out their questions regarding how the information they’re learning can be used outside of the classroom.
2. Provide students with documentaries and films
Is anyone prepping a lesson on the works of Charles Dickens or The Great Gatsby? No? Maybe you’re getting ready to explain the water cycle to students?
Either way, teachers are only a click away from providing students with material that can give them more of an in-depth view of how lessons they learn in the classroom can be applied elsewhere. Not every student is created equal; some prefer other subjects to the one they’re currently learning.
Using videos to supplement the lesson plan can increase the likelihood of getting their attention. If it’s either watching a Bill Nye video or the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, teachers can be assured that students will definitely have something to talk about during discussion. Students can give their own views and opinions regarding the film and provide the class with their own take on the viewing. With an easy access to video streaming teachers can always count on students participating in class.
3. Foreign language films
¿Hablas español? Learning a new language can be difficult at times and when you’re learning along with peers, it can be even more nerve wrecking. Teachers tend to recommend reading a Hispanic newspaper or even watching telenovelas, but if students want to look for something more than a drama series, watching a foreign film has many benefits for its viewers. Students learn the accent and fluidity of the language, while also learning about the culture.
Take for example the movie Machuca, set in the midst of the Pinochet era of Chile. Students can learn and adapt their listening skills to grasp the Chilean accent while also learning about the country’s past. Knowing a language is also understanding the culture, students can enrich the sense of know by watching films that blend the two.
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