Acquired by Twitter in 2012, Vine is a video-sharing app, somewhat similar to Instagram, which allows users to create quick six-second videos. Within the app’s archives you’ll find most users create reaction videos filled with their pets, family members, and friends.

While the educational machine hasn’t entirely jumped on the Vine scene, this semi-new app should be noted as another potential tool for teachers and students.

1.  Recreate class readings

Reading the classics in high school poses two situations: you either like it, or you’re being forced to in order to pass the class. This isn’t a new concept; many students in high school or middle school are reading books that just don’t grasp their attention.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Many students have voiced their opinion. One quick look at Vine’s #education archive can tell the story several times over. Instead of just having students read aloud and write an analysis about how the characters relate to one another, why not have them act out the scenes?

With only six seconds the student would have no choice but to get to the point and find a manner to deliver the scene with all the important factors. Students could further discuss why the scene they chose stood out to them, generating class participation.


2.  Summarize material

Whether you’re teaching math or science, students would potentially be able to show their comprehension and relay the concept to the instructor.

Creating a lesson plan on numbers for next week? Teachers could assign each student a subtopic that would be touched on in the coming week and have them explain, with the six second limitation, how the topic relates.

For example, when learning factors, students could easily create a video clip that would explain how each number could be broken down. After creating the clip, the teacher could extend the assignment so the student would be able to explain how the solution came about.


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