In speaking about using short YouTube videos in our CI classes (see categories on that topic), Sabrina once described how they can be used. Here is that description. Using videos for CI just adds to our list of things we can do to use CI in our classrooms, but they have to be used in the service of CI as Judy Dubois and Sabrina have often mentioned here over the years. Here is what Sabrina says on it:
There is no substitute for CI. Whatever I do in my classes, my rationale is ALWAYS to deliver CI. And it always is on the back on my mind, informing everything I do.
So with this video*, although I won’t be delivering the CI myself, this adorable little girl will. And I trust it will be compelling b/c how could you not totally fall in love with that adorable little girl telling such a cute little story?
Most importantly b/c I have these kids for 2 years now, I KNOW the language they have acquired , and I can go in tomorrow confident they will be familiar with 95 % of what that adorable little girl said.
The only thing that may sound different to them is the accent (this girl has a southern accent whereas my accent is Parisian) . But I ‘ll let them watch it twice if necessary. I think it s great that they can hear different accents.
When I showed my kids the Canadian Clip about texting and driving**, I asked them if they heard the different accent and they were able to hear it.
The other video I sent, the commercial clip called ipad vs paper is different. I use a total different approach with that one. The commercial has almost no words, but the message is clear through the visuals. So I have already planned out all the CI I will use. I plan to stop the video at each new image and will circle the who/where/when/what/how/why questions and will provide the structures/words they don’t have and we’ll circle that . That is like movie talk but done on a smaller scale. I plan on circling that for about 40 minutes BTW.
To me it’s just another form of CI , and it gives them a break from the stories , adds a little novelty , cute visuals, and their brain needs that.