Instead of telling students to put their phones away, why not start using apps like Vine to enhance the classroom experience?
With new ed-tech innovations entering the limelight every day, schools now have an even greater amount of tools to make their classrooms interactive.
As a teacher in today’s society, with social media in mind, it can be difficult to get students’ full attention.
Rather than banning students from their phones during class, teachers could potentially get a better response if they incorporate the latest social media app.
While Vine may not immediately strike you as an educational tool, it has definitely proved itself more than just another social media app.
So just what exactly is Vine and how can it be used to enhance the classroom experience?
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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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3. Create how-to videos
In need of changing up assessments? One way for teachers to revamp project ideas might be to have students create how to videos.
Students would become the teacher and demonstrate their mastery of a lesson to others in the class by talking through each step. Take General Electric’s 2013 science fair hosted on Vine, by meshing Vine with science, students can become even more intrigued without losing interest.
Teachers can incorporate Vine simply by having students interpret lessons from history class and create their own examples that would relate to class discussions.
Not convinced? Take a look at this account. Students are recreating moments in history and adapting the traditional lesson plan to a more interactive setting. Still not sold? What about that time in fourth grade when you had to do a project on a historical figure? With six seconds students would have to pick the most essential fact and discuss why this particular person is crucial.
5. Demonstrate key concepts
While Vine has many advantages for middle school and high school aged students, the younger crowd can’t be left out. Learning any new concept can be difficult, some more than others can grasp some lessons faster.
Reading Horizons, a reading system open to all ages has dedicated its time and efforts to creating new ways to help others learn to read. While Vine videos are only six seconds long, they also have the added benefit of having a continuous loop.
For those learning to read or just learning a new concept this is even more helpful. If a student is learning a new concept teachers can create their own Vines that essentially have the elements of a review.
Gaby Arancibia is an editorial intern at eSchool News.