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First Steps and Best Practices
Guidelines for Using DVD-ROMs in Various Instructional Settings
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Teacher-led/whole group introduction to topics
You will likely make frequent use of DVD-ROM titles with your entire class to present new topics, demonstrations, or expository lessons. A large screen projector or LCD projector is useful for this purpose. If you do not have access to a projection device, a large monitor should suffice.

Watching materials together allows a class to observe, analyze, and discuss information in a dynamic yet supportive environment. If students are studying archeological changes in a region, for example, you could have them watch a video of the changing map, pause and ask students about what they saw, repeat the video sequence, and discuss it together. By integrating class discussions with DVD-ROM use, you allow weaker students to learn from stronger students while keeping the entire group engaged - a good reason to use DVD-ROMs in a "whole-group" setting.

A few general guidelines for using DVD-ROMs in a "whole-group" setting:

  • There is no need to turn off the lights to look at materials. If the images are still visible in the light, watching with lights on will keep students on task.

  • After you have used the DVD-ROM segment(s) to make your instructional point or set the stage for a new unit or topic, you can turn off or pause the DVD-ROM for discussion or further directions.

  • Pre-planning the segments you want to intersperse throughout a presentation helps keep the presentation moving and improves student attention. Many DVD-ROMs allow you to bookmark sections for future viewing.

Additional strategies for whole-class presentations are available at Thirteen Ed Online’s free workshop Managing Students with Computers, http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/ntti/resources/workshops/

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