How I Use It
I am a science teacher and I used this with my Earth Science students. There are many concepts in Earth Science that cannot be demonstrated in the classroom. The concept I used with this site was the creation of a tornado. Obviously, you can't chase a tornado and watch its development. With this video, all concepts with terminology, was incorporated. It was exactly what I was looking for in order to explain the concept and show the graphics of tornado formation. This is a simple substitution for direct instruction, but it is a valid substitution, in that we cannot show the formation of a tornado safely in the classroom with any relevant use. By adding the quiz component, it brings this to a level of augmentation, providing an additional means of assessment.
I am still learning how to use this site. I recently found a link where I could customize the lesson. By customizing my lesson, I can create a unique discussion posting where my students can answer a prompt and then leave responses to others on the site, whether those ideas come from students in the classroom or from others around the world!! This definitely redefines the learning of my students.
It is a great supplemental teaching tool. The video can be stopped and replayed in case the student didn't understand a concept. It can be paused, so that extra instruction or clarification can be provided if necessary. I really liked that if a student missed a question on the quiz, the program took them to the portion of the video where the answer was provided. The additional It serves as a means of emphasizing the curriculum, and adds an additional level of understanding for the students. Though this is only a tool substitution, it is still a valid addition to your lessons, especially if you have a concept that is hard to see in a classroom.