I have used videos online as short, flipped lectures. One I like to use is from a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson about "Changing Education Paradigms." Though I had education majors in my class this semester, the class was on critical thinking. Students watched, enjoyed and remembered the video throughout the semester and the discussion was lively.
One thing I liked about this particular version of his talk is that the video portion of Robinson actually speaking is replaced by an animated version of someone drawing (very well) on a white board to illustrate Robinson's points.
I asked them to answer some questions based on their viewing at home the 12 minute video.
- Robinson assumes you know this - What is a paradigm?
- Why does he believe that we need to change public education today?
- What is his opinion about ADHD?
- How would he group students in classes?
- How would he compare divergent thinking versus creativity?
- Explain his example of geniuses in kindergarten.
- How would Robinson compare/contrast cheating versus collaboration?
- Summarize what you feel are his 3 main arguments.
- How does having the visualization of his talk change the way we hear/see his talk? Is this visual thinking?