Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Vital: Video in Teaching and Learning

Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Vital: Video in Teaching and Learning

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INTRODUCTION

Thirteen/WNET (www.thirteen.org) continues to innovate multimedia programming through partnerships, and currently offers teachers a new resource for enriching classroom practice. In collaboration with The Grow Network/McGraw Hill, Educational Development Center's Center for Children and Technology, and Hezel Associates, project VITAL (Video in Teaching and Learning) provides video materials in reading and math linked to state standards and assessments in grades 3-8. This article describes the initiative and its potential benefits to students.

VITAL

The VITAL initiative is designed to help teachers provide stimulating instruction linked to state standards grounded in student test scores. With instruction informed by actual data from New York State's Testing and Accountability Reporting Tool (NYSTART), teachers may use VITAL to offer first-rate video materials and expert-developed classroom activities to raise student achievement.

Hundreds of video clips are available for teachers to use in either a video-streaming format or for downloading onto CD-Roms or flash drives. A down loadable Teachers Guide is available to help with the fine-points of using the video materials and accessing other resources. VITAL activities include suggestions for exploring concepts in greater detail and techniques for using the video materials to assess mastery of material taught. …

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