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Visualize Place Value with Video
Video is a fantastic medium for teaching and learning and finding content online has never been easier.
But for students struggling to develop a particular skill, making their own video stories makes the lessons memorable and the learning process exciting.
Some of my young students in math were having difficulties recognizing hundred squares as bundles of 10 tens (place value). However, I knew that showing them the steps over and over again with base ten blocks wouldn’t be enough. I needed to find a different way to teach them that skill.
They needed to see the grouping or transformation taking place, but they had to do it themselves, in a new and exciting way.
So I created this video in iMovie, as a project that they could replicate making their own numbers.
To create an effective instructional video, I defined the following requirements:
- Show the making of a 3 digit number (269).
- Focus the viewer’s attention on the hundreds place.
- No longer that 1.5 minutes (to keep students engaged).
With the help of some students we prepared the base ten blocks and captured all the steps to make the number 269.
The rough cut was only 2.5 minutes long but it felt very slow.
The video needed some effects to make it shorter and to clearly show the change happening in the hundreds place.
Creative editing effects are a big part of video making and often help create the illusion of something happening on screen that couldn't happen in real life. I used two special effects in iMovie:
- Jump cuts to show how a group of 10 tens automatically transforms into a hundred.
- Speed adjustment, to speed up the entire video at 180%.
The result was a 56 second video that met all the instructional requirements and a project that students were eager to replicate making their own numbers.
This was an exciting opportunity to create content that they have ownership over.
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