Students Acting as Salman Kahn of Kahn Academy

7 Feb

BYOD Class Takes Their Learning to YouTube — THE Journal.

Click the link above to read an interesting article about students making instructional videos for each other.  Teacher Vito Ferrante began creating his own instructional videos to help students and parents solve and understand mathematics problems.  Met with great success, he expanded his practice and garnered greater praise when his students began explaining their thinking via videos of their own.

The most notable piece of this practice is that he did not stop  here.  He asks the students to proceed one step more, further evaluating their process and thinking; they create, critique, and collaborate.


Questions to Consider:

1. How could we use this at the primary level?

2. Can we garner similar support from parents and families?

3. What format could be used that is appropriate for our students?

3 Responses to “Students Acting as Salman Kahn of Kahn Academy”

  1. Amanda Stark February 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    I don’t think that this model can be done at the primary level for many reasons. I do think however that the idea of using technology to learn in a creative way can be an asset to students at this age. There are programs such as glogster and photo story in which the students can use their knowledge and creativity to share with classmates their understanding of subject matter. In much the same way as Kahn’s model promotes the idea of learning from peers and sharing different perspectives, these tools do the same. Students do well and enjoy learning from one another. In addition, the use of technology can be a good motivator or “hook” for many kids to get interested in a project.

    The most important thing to remember is that our students are digital natives. Their parents are not. I think a good way to reach parents is by exciting students about the use of technology in learning subject matter. A reward to any parent is to see their child happy and motivted to learn.

  2. Mary Lou Donahoe February 8, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Mr. Ferrante is a very creative teacher. His original idea of creating a you tube video with his lessons was very helpful. This is differentiating instruction because those students who need more time to process information can revisit the lessons at home. When he passed the task to the students of taping their own work then they began to use 21st century skills. In that process the student’s took ownership for their learning,the video could be also a form of informal assessment and they collaborated. It was helpful as they had to demonstrate their thinking process in doing so they helped themselves and their classmates.

    1.- We can use this at our level in similar ways. At the higher grades the students can definitely tape themselves in the classroom as they work on a particular math problem or reading a story to each other. Particularly in reading it would be very powerful to have a young child describe the reading process of visualization or other strategies he/she is using to better read a given passage.

    2. I believe we would have no problem involving the parents. Who has not had their child play the violin in their living room to friends and family in support of the child? Even though it was not perfect…. this is a similar situation but using technology.

    3.- We can use you tube and we can create a classroom wiki.

    • Candace February 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      Well if you give a student a camera…. The possibilities are endless! Add a little situation or “problem” you will end up with critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. This is an opportunity for any age to express themselves and to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. I would love to try this with students to give examples of playing recess games, making a friend, starting a conversation, or talking about the adventure of moving up to the next grade.
      Parents love to see their children in video, particularly if they are the producer, director, and star.
      Whether it is teaching a lesson on math, science, friendship or a different culture, these ‘friendship flicks’ could then be posted on the digital bullatin board. Everyone can be a star!

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