Monday, November 26, 2012

I've watched the video, now what?

I don't know how else I need to say it or what I need to do to help my students understand they are expected to complete a WSQ reflection (Watch, Summarize, Question) each time they watch a video. This idea came from Crystal Kirch.  After the assignment has been posted, I will usually get 1 or 2 posts on Edmodo asking if the WSQ is optional or do they even have to do a WSQ.  I have said it over and over. I have even written it as part of the instructions for completing the assignment. Granted, I don't write it every time. I really shouldn't have to, should I?

I have given them the choice of using a Google Document or completing the form in their math notebooks. I am also thinking whether or not students should be required to use the Google document each time or should they just write their responses in their notebooks or type them on a Word template and then print and glue them in their notebooks.

I am starting to think that requiring them to use the Google Document is more for my convenience than it is for their benefit since I can quickly check their response online rather than looking at 24 spiral notebooks.  The downside is when they use the Google Document, they don't have their video notes with them... And aren't the notes for them to use? 

What are your expectations for your students once they have finished watching the video? 


  1. Hi Sheila,
    Have you chatted with Delia Bush at all about how she is doing it with her 5th graders? I know our kids are such different age groups that they may need different things, so I'm not sure what the perfect answer is. Some things that have worked for me is that I don't phrase it as "watch the video and do the WSQ", but their homework is "WSQ for Concept___" because that means they have to Watch (and take notes) and do the S/Q as well. That helps some of my freshmen make the connection that it's not "Watch then WSQ", but "WSQ includes Watching and the reflection".

    Last year I experimented with both handwritten and online. There are definitely pros and cons to both, and it really depends on your goal. Last year I focused a lot more on the writing part so we needed it in front of them to break it down. This year I am focusing more on the discussion part, and yes some of their writing sucks (especially since it's typed online they get into texting mode as much as I remind them), but I haven't found the perfect balance. I don't want to go back and forth between the two b/c I like consistency.
    Another pro of online is being able to skim quickly BEFORE class thru their answers so I have a good idea of where the kids are at, as well as knowing who did it without having to collect anything because of the VLOOKUP feature of google forms (I have tutorial on my blog for that if interested).

    Where do they take their video notes at? Mine take them on guided notes packets so even if they do their WSQs online, they still have their examples/notes with them in class.

    I don't know if that helped answer any of your questions, but just thought I would pipe in with some things I've learned :)

    Good luck!

    1. Crystal, Thank you so much for your help! This is my first year flipping and I have really looked to your work as my example. I think it will definitely help if I rephrase the expectations for WSQ. That does makes sense, since the "W is for Watch":-). I will check out your tutorial for the VLOOKUP.

      About the video notes... once I switched to the Google form I no longer had them write their notes in their math notebooks. So... they should probably be taking notes as they are watching the video in their notebooks and then when they finish they can use the Google form to summarize and write any questions they may have. Is that it? I will take your advice and reach out to Delia Bush as well.

      Again, thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I am looking forward to your webinar on Thursday!

    2. What are the students doing while they watch the video? Do they write anything down from what they see? Once I required notes (that I check while they are discussing and working in class), I noticed that helped because they had to at least participate slightly with the video. So, I think taking notes in the notebook to bring back to class and then submitting the GoogleForm is ideal, at least for what I want.

      VLOOKUP should be near the bottom of the FAQ page. Confusing at first, but easy once you get it and so time saving!

      Looking forward to "seeing" you Thursday!