In an earlier post, I explained the class we were going to have where we used Youtube’s “Life in a Day” videos and a Wiffiti board to discuss and work with the 5 themes of geography. Well, we held the class on Friday, and I think it went pretty well.
One thing to always remember about Youtube is that randomly clicking on videos can be a bit risky. However, we never really came across any videos that were too sketchy. I think that the nature of the project the videos were taken for help. The class discussion about the videos was pretty good. There really is a diverse selection of videos to choose from and by randomly clicking we never knew exactly where we would go next. Sometimes, we never did discover the location, but we worked as a class to look for clues and make guesses.
I think that this part of the project really went well and the students were quite engaged. Towards the end of class, the students really started looking at the little details in the videos to try and find out where they were taken. We also had some good discussion on the similarities and differences of the different locations to our own community.
The second part of this activity entailed having a Wiffiti board set up on a separate screen in the room. As we watched the videos, students were asked to post their guesses for the location of each video. This worked well for most of the class. After a while, some of the students seemed to taper off in the use of the board. Some of this was due to the way Wiffiti works. For this activity, we needed the most current answers to stay on the board, but Wiffiti rotates through the posts that have come in over the last several minutes. Sometimes, there would be places on the board that were posted several videos ago which caused some confusion.
Though Wiffiti might not have worked quite as good as planned, it definitely got the students excited about class towards the beginning. Anytime students are engaged and learning, I count it as a success.