Online display

This collection of video clips was made by Higher Education students in Blaise Pascal University, Clermont Ferrand, France. They are all learning English and chose a favourite recipe which they explain and demonstrate making. Their video clips are created and published online and the URL used to create a QR code. These graphic codes can be scanned using a free QR code reader and playback on mobile devices.

Scan the QR code on your phone to view the playlist.

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Event capture

This recording of researcher Robert O’Dowd presenting his description of the skills necessary for teachers to facilitate Online intercultural Exchange (OIE) was part of an online conference which was organised and hosted by the Language Centre at the University of Warwick. Recording a webinar or event is a great way of sharing afterwards and allows more people to review and respond to the content.

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Using video to provide model answers

In this example the students have been sent a model answer to a question using screen cast technology. The teacher has highlighted the key points that should have been included in the answer using a word processor and then created the video where the teacher talks through the answer and what should be included. The teacher then sends the model answer to the students, who can then use the video to evaluate their own work. This can be an excellent way of doing self-evaluation since the students can listen to the video and decide what mark they should get, what was missing from their own essay etc.

The idea of the model answer video is to encourage the students to reflect and think about their own work. It is cognitively more demanding to get the students to think about their own work rather than simply provide feedback to the students.  It works best where all the students are all writing the same essay since it would be impossible to create model answers for each question if each student did something different. Model examples of presentations, telling a story, describing something could all help students reflect on their own work.

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Using video for mini grammar lessons

This is a screen cast where the teacher has created a simple mini grammar lesson. The teacher has noticed there are problems with a certain grammar rule and simply written out some examples in Microsoft Word and then used a screen cast technology to record themselves going over the rule. It is very quick to make and requires minimum technological skills. The teacher can send the video to the students or put it on a blog, wiki or on the virtual learning environment of the school or institution.

The teacher simply marks out the area of the screen and clicks a button. Whatever is under the marked area will be recorded as a video along with the voice. It makes no difference to the screen cast tool what is on the screen. It simply records the area that has been marked out. This particular example was used using SnagIt. There are also other solutions such as ScreenR and JING.

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Student reflecting



In this example we can see the students reflecting on a lesson. The student has done a class with the teacher and the teacher has given all the students in the class a set of questions to think about after the lesson. The student has written the questions into a PowerPoint  presentation and then loaded them up onto Present.Me. The student has then recorded the answers and shared the link with the teacher. This means the students practice the target language and reflect on the lesson.

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Using screen capture for providing feedback on vocabulary

Here is an example of using screen cast videos to give feedback to students on their vocabulary. The teacher has been taking notes in the classroom, focusing on some of the vocabulary problems the students are having. The teacher then writes up the words into a word processor and turns on the screen capture software and records themselves going through the words, providing guidance on pronunciation, stress and spelling. The teacher could even focus on meaning or provide an example sentence using the word. Once the recording is made, the teacher can send the video to the students via an email or upload the link or video to a blog, wiki or the virtual learning environment if the institution has one.

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Feedback on Essay

The teacher is providing feedback on the student’s written work. The teacher has opened the student’s work onto the screen, read it and then turns on the screen capture software and goes through the essay, highlight various parts and discussing it. The teacher could go through and make the highlights first and then begin the recording. The resulting video in then sent to the students. The students receive feedback that is both visual and aural. This particular idea has been widely disseminated, research has found that listening to the tutor’s voice gives greater insight into the tone of their feedback, this HEA funded research for example The teacher simply marks out the area of the screen and clicks a button. Whatever is under the marked area will be recorded as a video along with the voice. It makes no difference to the screen cast tool what is on the screen. It simply records the area that has been marked out. This particular example was used using SnagIt.

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Video Words

The original Speech Bubbles idea is based on children presenting words in their own mother tongue to other children across Europe (the programmes were broadcast on local television). Equally words in a foreign language can be presented. This practice is more suited for the lower language competences.

Words can be chosen from any theme which is done as part of the language lesson.

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Television News

Learners can produce news articles (one clip about one topic) or full news programmes (a collection of news articles) based on their own topics – news from the school, events, trips, local topics. Opportunities to exmplore the many roles involved in news preparation and presenting. Focus: writing of factual script; presentation in front of the camera. News programmes will help the writing skills and presentation skills (pronunciation) while additionally giving an insight into the production of TV news.

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Puppet Shows

Learners can produce their own script making up a story according to their level. Create a puppet show means not only inventing a story, but also creating up characters, studying their way of speaking and their relationships. Speaking as someone other than ourselves, a puppet in this case, means you can say unusual things and communicate in unexpected situations. Hungry puppets go out and about to find food. Real objects and settings can be used to give an authentic touch to vocabulary. This example uses both English and German.

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