I’m a huge fan of teaching materials that have an audio/visual component to them. Now don’t get me wrong, from a speech therapy point of view, our students relate quite well to pictures that go along with our given lessons, but if we’re able to show them some sort of video footage that coincides with their targeted goals and objectives, well that’s another story. Those moving images packed with sounds are just THAT much more engaging and THAT much more easy to comprehend. So in my opinion, videos will almost always beat out pictures and that’s why I try to utilize videos as much as possible within my speech therapy room.
You know I’ve written about videos before, right?
In the past, I’ve confessed how much I adore using YouTube videos in speech therapy and I’ve even went one step further with giving big props to THE BEST website out there that features an impressive library of child-friendly videos that are absolutely ideal for us speech-language pathologists to show our students who have various expressive and receptive language difficulties.
Let’s take a moment to chat about travel videos, shall we?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret about me; I love to travel. If you were to ask me what was the one thing that I simply couldn’t live without, my answer would be travel. Traveling really resonates with my soul because it feeds me new and wonderful experiences. So when I travel, I’m always armed with my trusty digital camera because it enables me to snap a few pictures in an attempt to freeze that moment in time as a remembrance. And I’ve always had a blast sharing my travel pictures with my students because pictures like that are ideal for generating robust conversation amongst students.
But what about sharing travel videos?
Here is what I’m proposing. We should take more videos with our digital cameras because, like I said, videos are just THAT much more engaging and THAT much more easy to comprehend. For example, during my recent trip to New Zealand, I got the opportunity to climb a glacier. Seriously, a real glacier! It was enormous and the pictures that I took were pure art. Yes, I will be sharing those pictures with my students, but I will also be sharing the little video clip that I took which is featured on this very blog post. Because I’m able to move my digital camera to pan around the location, I believe whoever watches the video clip is much better able to understand the sheer beauty of where I was and I know it also helps to generate so many more questions such as, “Glacier? What’s a glacier?”
You can personalize your videos, too!
Notice how in my glacier video, I actually announced, “Hello Woodrow Wilson Middle School!” Not only am I able to share with my students this cool video clip, but I’m also showing them that I was thinking about ’em while I was on my glacier adventure. Kiddos really dig that personalized touch and it always triggers a handful of responses like, “Whoa! Did you hear that? He just said hi to us! So cool!”
The travel videos don’t have to be extreme.
I realize that New Zealand might be a bit of a crazy example because it’s a location that’s very VERY far from New Jersey. However, you can easily share exciting travel videos that aren’t a world away from where you live. For example, if you’re driving to the beach on a warm day and your family makes a really cool sandcastle next to the water, grab some quick video footage of it and explain how the sandcastle was made. Or if you’re visiting a local park during a snowy afternoon and your family goes sledding down a hill, grab some quick video footage of that and all the fun that comes along with swooshing by on a sled!
In closing . . .
I sincerely hope that this blog post has given you a few video ideas to pursue with your digital camera. Snag your digital camera and grab some travel videos so you can share them with your kiddos today! And just so you know, you can take videos with your iPhone or really any type of smart phone these days. So come on, there really isn’t any excuse to not give this little travel video idea a shot. Thanks to phones, we now all have a video camera in the back of our pockets, so let’s start shootin’ and sharin’.