Video Retell

The video retell gives you a chance to review the entirety of the story without interruption. The actors re-create the action on camera while you simply narrate the story from off-camera. You can add in props, other actors, sound effects (students provide them), perhaps adding in a bit more dialogue, whatever strikes you in the moment.

These video retells, if you upload them (as “private” videos, unless you have parent permission) to YouTube or Google Classroom or a similar site, can be for review and additional input. They are particularly well-suited to filling out sub plans. You can simply have your students watch videos of previous stories and summarize in English to demonstrate their understanding.

I have found that generally a 30 minute story can be retold as a video retell in 3-5 minutes. Of course, a nice collection of retells provides the documentary filmmaker with all kinds of good copy for her celebration on film of the class at the end of the year.



6 thoughts on “Video Retell”

  1. Yes, and what´s good is that THE CLASS MUST BE QUIET because you are ¨filiming a video”. I seriously could not teach again without a video camera.

    I have not been good about uploading or organizing these videos, it’s something I need to improve on….but the good thing is that it’s a tool to keep kids quiet and also if I need “artifacts of student learning” later on, BOOM, I have them.

    “Student centered” learning, folks. 🙂

    By the way, this video camera will cost you about 80-100 bucks on Ebay and it comes with free software online called “PlayMemories”.

    I also bought myself a 4 Terabyte Hard drive, because I am recording every single one of my classes this year and it’s burning up space.

  2. It’s just the Sony program that comes with that camcorder. It just manages all your videos and it also has a video editing function that is user friendly

  3. Apple products are intuitive but often they are expensive. The main thing for me is that an IPAD or IPHONE fills up it’s memory and more cannot be added (expanded). So other devices/phones can be expanded with the use of an SD card.

    Here are some specs to look out for when choosing a video device:

    High Definition: 1080p No need for 4K resolution (the latest but not fully developed yet)

    SD Card: this expands memory. Go big and when buying ask for one that can capture and transfer video quickly.

    There maybe others but the design should be easy for you to use. I am on the look out for one with a mic input. This allows for an external mic to be connected (like a headphone jack).

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