8 Tips on Assigning Video Homework – An Accidental Discovery
Teacher and education blogger Kailey Rhodes shares her tips for assigning video homework, which she discovered by accident one day. Some of the world’s greatest innovations have been discovered by accident, and Kailey’s recognition of the benefits of assigning video homework follow that amazing trend. More amazing is the fact that Kailey’s blog post was first written 9 months prior to the forced school closing caused by Covid-19 and it could not be more on target. Kailey’s video homework tips are universal and can be applied to any class, whether during distance learning conditions or during normal classroom conditions. We encourage you to read and implement these lessons learned on assigning video homework, whether for the first time or forever.
Excerpt from Video Homework by Kailey Rhodes on May 29, 2019, with permission by Clarity Innovations.
I discovered this concept by accident. We ran out of time in class one day (shocking), and I hastily asked if any “brave student” would finish the problem for homework. “Just make me a video of you solving it!” I shouted as they raced to lunch.
Well, one student made a video. And we watched it, enraptured, as he taught us the answer to this problem. I’ve been assigning video homework ever since.
How it has changed my life:
They only need to do one problem! I don’t need to see 20! If they can explain one to me, fully, we’re done.
I catch so much. In their speech, I catch repeated errors and misconceptions in students’ work that becomes very specific to each student. I start knowing their brains.
They share their frustrations. They feel safe saying in a video, alone, that they truly don’t understand this concept.
Quiet students blossom. Not so quiet when they’re in their own environment!
Homework accountability sky-rockets. Unlike a worksheet, a video is not something they can scribble in the hallway before class.
Classroom engagement sky-rockets. I show (with permission) strong videos, and man, these kids LOVE seeing themselves and their classmates. They want to be chosen.
They get silly. Y’all, I can’t tell you how many pets/siblings/stuffed animals I’ve been introduced to in these videos.
My students are teachers now. They take pride in their instruction and thrill when they hear the “oohhhh” of a classmate’s dawning comprehension as we watch their tutorial.
Adopting for Any Class
In Science and History, challenge students to “ELI5” or “Explain it like I’m five” where they boil a concept down to its most crucial points in order to distill the major takeaways. In Language Arts, require 60 stream-of-consciousness seconds about the chapter they just read. In a foreign language, they must respond to a given question for one minute. In Music, make them practice on video to prove it!
How to Make It Work for You
It’s still homework. It’s still something additional that you have to do as a teacher. Here’s how I modify:
- ESTABLISH A TIME LIMIT. I can’t overstate this. You’d be shocked at how the kid who never did homework before submits an 11-minute video of a fraction problem.
- Doing it often? Don’t watch every second of every video. Sometimes, it’s triage time. Who is struggling? Who should be showcased? Who is exemplary? Watch those.
- Teach five sections? Only assign videos for one or two sections at a time; the other three or four get regular homework on a worksheet. This maximizes your ability to evaluate them AND increases your likelihood of doing it again.
- Use Google Classroom, or if not, Google Forms. Students can submit their files via Classroom or Forms, and Google will aggregate them into a Drive folder for you!
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