With the Common Core standards, the integration of technology is crucial for students. We have been reading informational text about monarch butterflies so I was thrilled when I found a video on Discovery Education about the topic.
I wanted my students to be accountable during the video so I had them set up a T-chart to take notes. On one side, they wrote information directly from the video. This included facts and information they saw or heard. On the right side, they recorded their reactions to the information presented in the video.
I think they did a great job with our new strategy:
Another tip I tried was showing the video twice. The first time, they focused on the content. The second time, they focused on the note taking portion and vocabulary words.
They really liked the strategy and I can't wait to try it again!