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Watching a screen is probably associated with entertainment more than education. However, the right DVDs can offer a viewing experience that is as informative as it is engaging. Although much can be learned even when simply sitting in front of the TV, many DVDs invite students to take their viewing experiences further by participating in activities, such as making sounds and movements, so students can physically engage with the material and actively develop their understanding of the concepts being presented.
Language Learning DVDs
Phonics practice activities for beginning readers, demonstrations of reading strategies that increase fluency, foreign language instruction, and sign language lessons are available in DVD form. DVDs with topics like these enable students to practice both understanding sounds and gestures and forming them correctly. Preschool Prep offers a series of phonics DVDs that use characters to entertain students as they learn to associate the correct sounds with letters and groups of letters. As students continue to develop reading skills, texts that come with DVDs, such as The Fluent Reader by Scholastic Teaching Resources, provide opportunities to develop reading processes through multiple modes of learning. When it comes to foreign language learning, DVDs can be particularly useful for listening and speaking activities. Rock ‘n Learn’s Spanish DVD encourages students to practice saying sentences after being taught key words and phrases through music. Learning sign language is another venture that is particularly well suited to the DVD format. With Production Designs’ We Sign Series, students can practice sign language by watching the correct signs being performed to say the alphabet, identify animals, form the lyrics of songs, and more. The sounds and sights available on DVDs for language learners develops abilities as students absorb information and develop skills in order to communicate in new more sophisticated ways.
Math and Science DVDs
Calculations and concepts are anything but boring when taught with audio and visual representations. Students may forget they are at their desks or in front of their TVs when math and science DVDs bring information to life by exploring ideas from atoms to galaxies. The Beginning Fractions & Decimals DVD by Rock ‘n Learn or Tune a Fish Records’ Here Comes Science CD/DVD Set by They Might Be Giants will have students singing as they contemplate concepts. And what math or science student wouldn’t love to spend some time out of the classroom and in the laboratory? The Fossils: Uncovering Clues to the Past DVD that comes with the The Fossils Videolab offered by American Educational Products helps students envision themselves as scientists and put what they learn to practice. Educational DVDs provide students with opportunities to look, listen, practice, and learn.