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Using Video in the Classroom:
Strategies That Work!

Why Use Video?

Video can breathe meaning and life into nearly any lesson. Using video, a teacher can:

  • Provide a common experience for all students
  • Generate interest and stimulate imagination
  • Offer a different perspective or another approach to a topic
  • Connect students with far away times and places
  • Demonstrate abstract ideas
  • Stimulate the development of critical thinking skills
  • Enhance self-respect and break down social stereotypes
  • Promote critical viewing skills and media awareness
Getting Started!
  • Explore new sources for educational videos with Maine Public Broadcasting Network (1-800-884-1717), your media librarian, and the Educational Video Service of the Maine State Library (207-287-5620).

  • Collaborate with other educators to screen programs, share ideas and plan video-related activities. Integrate video planning with other curriculum and technology planning activities.

Adapted from PBS member station KQED, San Francisco, CA

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HOME: The Story of Maine on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network was made in partnership with the Maine State Museum. Major funding was provided by the  Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency committed to fostering innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning. Additional funding provided by Elsie Viles.
Major funding for previous seasons of  HOME: The Story of Maine was made possible by a grant from Rural Development, a part of the USDA. Special support is provided by The Maine State Museum and Northeast Historic Films.