Teacher Review for Ken Burns in the Classroom

Non-Stop Resource destination for Social Studies

Richard W.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Within my Social Studies classroom this product is an asset to some of my basic teaching methods and strategies. This website is useful in multiple ways. First, it is accessible by both teachers and students. For teachers this site provides standards, which can be used when lesson planning. Also, I have used this site to introduce new lessons as well as assign individualized assignments. In the classroom I use this site to show historically accurate videos. In addition to the videos the site provides standardized vocabulary word worksheets, video related questions, and discussion questions that can be used in different stages of a lesson. Since students can access the website outside the classroom I have used the site to assign homework. Students access the videos and then answer the related questions. Also, I have used the videos of this site to initiate discussion questions as well as research questions that relates to the topic of each video. This website can not be used by students for creative purposes. The website is an informative based site that lacks the opportunity for students to be creative.
My Take
For my classroom this product is a more than just a reliable source of information. I use it to introduce new topics, practice vocabulary, start discussions, and of course show videos. Using videos in my classroom before this website was difficult for the simple fact that finding historically accurate videos that are highlighting one topic is next to impossible. With this site I know that the information is accurate and highlighting only the information that is needed for the lesson. The website also breaks the videos up into smaller digestible pieces. Time is always an issue and being able to show an accurate 1-9 minute video allows teachers to have more flexibility within a class period. I also appreciate that the videos have captions. This allows ELL students to learn not only about important topics but new words in the English language. Another plus about this site is the fact that not just teachers can access the site. We all know that students love watching videos on their phones, tablets, and laptops. Using this site to assign homework is one of my favorite ways of implementing technology outside the classroom, because it means that students can do their homework not just at the kitchen table with a textbook but anywhere. Finally, this site serves my students by giving them visual aids and reenactments to topics that they are learning about as well as analysis questions to better understand the reasoning behind the goal of the lesson.