Media in the ELA, Social Studies, & Foreign Language Classroom

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Media in the ELA, Social Studies, & Foreign Language Classroom

Today's students are digital experts. They use and access digital media several hours each day. Take time to read the following article about students and digital media Digital access, collaboration a must for students

Media in the ELA & Social Studies, Foreign Language Classroom is an effective way to bring 21st Century skills and tools into the classroom to differentiate instruction and engage students.


Effective Practices

Chances are, students are more than ready for using media in the math classroom. Not only viewing instructional videos or using interactive websites, blogs, or wikis, but creating video as a way of assessment and expression of knowledge and ideas.

Think about curriculum Think about each unit you are teaching during the school year. Think about how you can integrate video or interactive tools and websites into your classroom. Little by little, you will be able to transform your classroom into an interactive, 21st Century learning space. It is important to think about media's message as well as the integrity and value of the media. For more information, go to Media's Message

Tips For Using Instructional Multimedia
Using instructional multimedia in the classroom is an effective way to reach all learners. Use these guidelines when using media.
There are at least three main reasons for integrating video segments into your lessons:
A) to introduce a new topic,
B) to provide an additional learning experience to reinforce your current lessons,
C) and to assess the extent to which your students have mastered the material.

1. Frame: Provide a context that helps students pay attention to the main content of the video. Ask students questions about the topic explored in the video to activate prior knowledge. When necessary, tell your students enough about the part of the story preceding the segment, so they can follow along.
2. Focus: Help students notice the important moments in the video by providing them with a specific focus, something to look for while they watch. Without a focus for viewing, students see all sorts of interesting details - but not necessarily the idea or information you want them to focus on.
3. Follow-up: Provide an opportunity for students to summarize what they saw - because they will see different things, and not always what you expected them to see! Re-telling what they saw helps students consolidate their understanding and remember it.

Tools for Classrooms
There are many tools available for educators and students in a your classroom.

  • SMARTboards - Smart Website, Teq Smart Website
  • iPod Touches
  • Flip Cameras (or other video cameras)
  • COWs (Computers on Wheels, laptop carts)
  • Interactive websites
  • Blogs
  • Wikis

    Video On Demand (Safari Montage)

    iMedia Portal The iMedia Portal allows access to all of the Instructional Multimedia resources and databases. Also, a calendar lists workshops and there is a frequently asked questions.

    Video on Demand (Safari Montage)

    • Log in under the school Monroe 1 BOCES Fairport
    • Use the same login you use for your work computer - if you have problems with this, please contact your district help desk
    • You may be prompted to download the Safari Montage video player. All districts have downloaded the player, however they are not usually updated throughout the system. Home Access - you must download the Safari Montage video player and close out your browser and re-open to complete the process.

    ELA & Social Studies Content in Video On Demand
    There are numerous publishers of math video content in Video On Demand. Here is a list of some of the providers:


    • Learn 360 (English Grammar Series, Why Study English Series, English Punctuation Series, Essay Writing Techniques, English Composition Series)
    • PBS (In Search of Shakespeare,)
    • Sesame Street preK - 1
    • Schlessinger (Nouns, Writing Style, Classics, Using the Writing Process)
    • BOCES content (Creation Station - Electric Company, Word Girl, Super Why, Word World, Between the Lions, Martha Speaks)
    • Weston Woods (Children's literature such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Chicken Little, I love you like crazy cakes, How much is a million, etc)
    • A & E (Numerous Biographic Options)
    • WBGH (Classics such as Anna Karenina, David Cooperfield, Scarlet Letter, Between the Lions)


    • BBC (Eyewitness)
    • PBS (Liberty Kids, NY Series, The West, Conquistadors, Henry Louis Gates Series)
    • Creation Station (Assignment the World, Franny's Feet)
    • Schlessinger (US Politics Series)
    • WGBH (Bio Terror, Postcards from Buster)
    • Disney (ABC New Series)
    • A & E (WWI Series, War Chronicles Series, Biographies)
    • Scholastic (Dear America Series, Horrible Histories)


    • Learn 360 (Advanced Spanish Grammar, Why Study Spanish, Reason to Learn French, Great Reasons to Learn Spanish, Spanish Basics, Math Monsters, Fairy Tales, Pronouncing Spaninsh, Some Basic Literature such as Stories about School, Stories for the young, Great Reasons to learn French)
    • PBS (Destinos, French in Action, VOCES II)
    • Search all publishers for cultural videos
    • Dora the Explorer

    Playlist are a great way to "save" ELA & Social Studies & Foreign Language videos for specific concepts.

    Instructional Multimedia Database & Instructional Videos

    BOCES Webmax and the Off Air Database has combined! Physical DVDs, iPod Touches, Nook eReader Kits, iPads, Flip Cameras, Sansa Recorders, and GPS Units will be added to the Off Air database.
    What does that mean for you?

    • You no longer need a Webmax login
    • A quick search will bring up resources from both Off Air and the physical library
    • Quick and easy requesting
    • Quick delivery

    Cable and Satellite programs offer valuable instructional programs. To access the Instructional Multimedia Database go to Within this database, educators will find pre-recorded programs as well as have the ability to request specific programming. Programming is added to the Video On Demand database when copyright allows or is delivered via BOCES courier to your school building. Please note: we cannot record from premium channels such as HBO and Stars.

    Instructional Multimedia in Off Air Database

    • Assignment the World
    • History Channel
    • Discovery Channel
    • PBS
    • Biography
    • Colonial Williamsburg Satellite
    • Fairfax Satellite
    • Destinos
    • VOCES II
    • French in Action

    Websites for ELA & Social Studies

    There are many digital resources for both ELA & Social Studies. Below are a list of websites that offer educator/student/parent resources


    Social Studies

    Foreign Language


    Many ELA & Social Studies educators create a blog to share their ideas, videos, concepts, and work with students and other educators. Here is some information about blogs. For blogging about today's news that is relevant to tweens, go to Tween Tribune
    Here are a few examples of blogs.


    Social Studies

    Foreign Language


    Information about different grade levels, concepts, functions, class discussions, etc. Here is some information about wikis. There are many wiki resources such as Wikispaces, PB Works, Drupal, etc.


    Social Studies

    Foreign Language

    iPod Touches

    For individualized instruction that is differentiated, iPod touches can be used for students to have specific apps that will help reinforce and enhance learning. iPod Touches can be reserved and delivered to your school via Instructional Multimedia Database


    In order to use the iPod Touches, you will need an iTunes account. Follow the directions at this location iTunes info

    Types of free Podcast/Apps from iTunes

    • Meet the Author Video Podcast
    • Start Writing Essays
    • Shakespeare
    • BookShelft LT
    • D.I.Y Flash Cards
    • Google Earth
    • History Maps
    • United States Geography Flash Cards
    • Eco Ideas
    • Brain Quest (can select for different grades)
    • Emma
    • 800 + Tales and Fable for children
    • United States Presidents
    • My First Alphabet Puzzle
    • Same Meaning Magic
    • Flags and Capitals


    • MadLibs: Students can enter nouns, verbs... and have a story created for them. A modern take on the classic MadLib books.
    • Story Robe
    • Reading
    • eBooks
    • Audio Books

    Social Studies

    • History
    • Maps


    • Free Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Sign Language Apps
    • MadLibs: Students can enter nouns, a foreign language and have a story created for them. The main story will be in English with the student's terms in a different language. Students can then translate the remainder of the story from English to their chosen language.

    Video Creation

    One way to convey a concept or mathematical process is to create videos to share with your students. There are many ways to capture and display video. If you have a SMARTboard you can use SMART recorder, Flip Camcorders are also an quick and easy way to record and play video. Many districts have purchased Flip Cameras or other types of this camera for educator/student use. You may also reserve these cameras through Instructional Multimedia Database

    For more assistance with creating media for the classroom, please visit this page

    Video Ideas:

    • Grammatical concepts
    • Presentation of classic literature
    • Debates
    • Book Reviews
    • Historical Events
    • Historical People
    • Poetry Slams
    • Plays
    • Spelling
    • PSA
    • Student work

    Please visit the following pages to explore video creation processes.

  • SMART Notebook
  • Microsoft Movie Maker
  • iMovie
  • Media Creation for Instruction

    Videos can be shared via educator websites, Video On Demand (Safari Montage), district websites, teacher blog or wiki
  • Personal tools
    Technology Services
    Wiki Help