How I Use It
This site can be used in so many ways. I used it for the videos that are aligned to common core math standards. You can easily search and assign which videos you want your students to view, either before your lesson (in a flipped classroom) or afterwards for review and further practice. It's very simple to locate the videos aligned to the standard or skill you are currently working on. In my classroom, I assigned the video the day before as a homework assignment for students to review before coming in the next day for the math lesson. By doing this, students already had some exposure to the content and we were able to use our class time for further review and practice. This allowed me to have more time to answer questions and see where we needed to focus more attention. Having these videos linked to our class website also allowed students who were either absent or needed further support to go back and watch them at a later time. Another use for this site would be to allow students who are ready to move ahead to get access to content at their own pace.
This is a very useful tool in the classroom, In addition to the common core aligned videos, there are also lesson ideas, practice activities and worksheets that teachers can download, I found the video notes page to be very useful for students to complete as they are viewing the video. This way, I can look at their notes and clearly see that they actually watched the video and what they learned from it. The overall response from the students was positive. Of course, they would much rather just watch the video without filling out the notes, but I found that I needed a way to hold them accountable. The videos are very short and well done compared to other video resources out there. There were some math standards that did not have a video or were not exactly matched to our math curriculum. But overall, I found what I needed to support many of my lessons.