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June 25, 2014
Good videos for introductions or review of topics - great for flipped classroom setting!
My overall opinion about this product as a teaching tool is very favorable. I like the enthusiastic teachers, who are knowledgeable and break the concepts into small, manageable chunks that fit well into a high school student's attention span! My students come to class ready to complete activities and discuss concepts after viewing one of these videos as part of my flipped classroom homework assignments.Continue reading
December 17, 2013
Informative,quirky videos that showcase difficult concepts in Biology.
The Brightstorm videos are informative and provide students with an appropriate level of insight for each topic. The presenters are effective and quirky which the students like. I like the simple analogies that the presenter often uses to show difficult concepts such as using a pair of scissors for enzymes and activation energy. The videos lend themselves to a flipped classroom environment and can easily be assigned for homework. I used the enzymes video with small groups as part of a stations lab on enzymes. Originally, certain videos were free to access, but it appears as if that aspect has changed and it now requires a fee. The fact that it the videos are no longer free is a disadvantage especially since there are so many free and easily accessible videos on the internet.Continue reading