Using the Meta-data in different ways

By Dana Magenau on Tue, 6/30/2009 at 11:01 am
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Dana Magenau
Account Executive (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA), SAFARI Montage

Hi All. One of my customers who has been using Safari Montage for 3 years showed me something interesting the other day. We were talking about the meta-data (chapters and key concepts) that is provided for every video. He uses this data not only to guide him through the videos, but also as a study guide with his students. He finds the segments he wants to show and highlights the meta-data and copies it to a word doc. From there he creates a line by line study guide for the segments he plans to use in class. As he said, "why re-create the wheel when your curriculum experts have already gone through each video and done this for me?" He loved the way it reinforced what his students were watching with a written guide they could read and use later (see example below). I hope this tip is helpful.

Chapter 3: The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table of Elements contains important information about known elements. (32 sec)

The periodic table was created by Dmitri Mendeleev. (38 sec)

Each element's name is represented by a unique one- or two-letter chemical symbol on the periodic table; (36 sec)

An element's atomic number is the same as the number of its protons. (19 sec)

Atomic mass, often called atomic weight, is the weight of one atom of the element. (10 sec)

An element's atomic mass is calculated by adding the number of protons to the number of neutrons. (37 sec)

The periodic table divides elements into seven periods. (54 sec)

The periodic table divides elements into eighteen groups. (39 sec)

Mendeleev left spaces in the periodic table for elements that had not yet been discovered. (51 sec)

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Robin Gonzales
Technology Integration Specialist, Chicago Public Schools

What a great suggestion. I will certainly share this best practice with teachers in our district.

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Amy Rudd
School Literacy Coach, Akron Public Schools

Creating the written guide is similar to having the GPS already installed in the's there, just waiting to be used. In another way, it's like getting the triptik from AAA. You have all the possible options well in advance of the end of the unit. Using video to teach lessons before, during and after create so many other options that teachers have right at their fingertips! What an excellent resource Safari Montage is going to be...we just began rolling out the training of our teachers and within 2 days, teachers are already trying it out...this is powerful!

Amy Rudd