Ms Stefania Feriti, our year four History and Italian teacher explains:
From the beginning of our distance learning I thought: “There must be a way to show that we are present, that staying away does not mean being “away.”
And so, a little out of necessity and a little out of fun, I started creating the first video; at the beginning I made good use of the technical advice of my expert thirteen year old nephew, then I started to work more and more independently.
What are the videos that are created every week for?
As in the “Upside Down Classroom” method, the video is an introduction, which provides the children with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new topic before taking part in the video lesson.
It is important to capture the children’s attention, to ensure that the explanation is not too long, but that, in a few minutes, it can offer the key points, which will then be developed and studied together.
In addition to the content, particular attention must also be given to the form: the videos are usually colourful, cheerful, captivating, accompanied by engaging music, so that learning is stimulated through various senses. Explanations cannot be boring, on the contrary: children must want to see them several times.
After all, as Gianni Rodari said, is it worth a child learning by crying what he can learn by laughing?