How I Use It
These videos are great for a "flipped-classroom" approach: assign the video the night before and you can save time on a mini-lesson by having students dig right into the task. Also great for watching with a small group for a review lesson.
For example, on the day prior to a lesson on analyzing themes in a work of literature, I assigned students to watch the video on "How to Determine the Theme of a Story." The video format allows students the flexibility to watch, rewatch, pause, and rewind. I was able to quickly check in with students at the beginning of class to assess whether or not the students had completed the video homework. Then, we utilized what students saw in the video and applied it to analyzing the novel The Outsiders. I was able to spend more time conferencing with students one-on-one because I was able to have students watch LearnZillion's informative videos at home.
Learn Zillion is a great new service that offers Common Core-aligned lessons at a multitude of different learning levels. These are great for various purposes: nice for a mini-lesson prior to reading a new text for a different purpose, also good for review. Short, smart videos that get to the point.
The best part about LearnZillion is that its videos are directly aligned to Common Core. Teachers who are teaching text-dependent lessons tied to Common Core Standards won't have to search through their videos for the bits and pieces worth playing. The site is organized to help teachers focus in on the key standards of that day's lesson.