Students have always enjoyed watching video clips as a break from traditional lectures. Recent studies show that videos boost student engagement and test scores. However, some educators worry that videos only promote passive learning. The emergence of interactive white boards in schools has given videos a new benefit—the ability to write on freeze-framed shots using a large screen format.
Noting this trend, Rock ‘N Learn offers 32 videos accredited with the SMART Standard Compatible Content seal. These programs can be played on Smart Boards or any other interactive whiteboard hooked up to a computer or DVD player. Teachers love the clear visuals and ample opportunities for class participation that Rock ’N Learn videos provide. According to one teacher, “The Smart Board allows my class to share ideas while we watch clips from Rock ’N Learns Writing Strategies DVD during essay workshops.”
Another teacher writes, “I love using Rock ’N Learn’s science videos in my classroom. The animation and illustrations make difficult concepts easier for students to grasp. They even have a few interactive diagrams accessible from the SMART Exchange.”
And a reviewer for the 2011 Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award stated, “ My kids loved watching Phonics Vol. 1 and singing to the music. They were also interacting with the DVD when the announcer invited the children to participate… It’s a bonus that the DVD includes read along stories and free access to online worksheets that support each skill.”
At Rock ‘N Learn, we’re thrilled to participate in the interactive trend that is changing the way students learn. We’re hearing about amazing results in the classroom with our videos and our new iPad apps.
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