Videos for teaching and learning

March 20, 2020
By Joan Elliott, Librarian/Manager, Emma Stewart Resources Centre

Videos continue to be popular educational media for teachers and students alike. Not only do they provide pertinent content, but they also have the power to engage the emotions and to foster visual and auditory learning.

The Ministry of Education’s Recommended Online Video Educational Resources (or ROVER) streaming video service provides free access for Saskatchewan teachers and students to scores of high-quality videos in both English and French (the French equivalent is called REVEL).

To access them, visit https://rover.edonline.sk.ca/. By using the search box, you can quickly determine what titles are available.

Recently added videos for students in the early years include 3 Cool Facts About Teepees with Cottonball, a short animation which is recommended for treaty education and Kindergarten; and 5 Ways to Work Things Out, which presents students with strategies for resolving problems in an appropriate way and is approved for health education in Grades 1 to 3.

Almond Blossoms: A Vincent van Gogh Story, illustrates the power of art to inspire compassion and hope and is recommended for arts education in Grades 2 to 6, while An Introduction to the House of Commons is approved for social studies in Grades 5 and 8.

If you teach Law 30, three new videos will be of interest. Who Are the Métis? presents two perspectives on the complex issue of Métis identity. Does Canada Have a Jury Problem? was produced after Gerald Stanley was tried and acquitted for the shooting death of Colten Boushie and discusses the concerns raised about jury selection and whether race plays a part in getting a fair trial. Lastly, Tougher Impaired Driving Laws Raise Concerns About Targeting, advocates for civil liberties and whether drivers from visible minorities may be targeted now that police no longer have to provide reasonable grounds to request a breath sample.

Recently added video series for teachers include: Enhancing Young Children’s Language and Literacy Development, Parent Engagement and LIVE Code with Let’s Talk Science.

Additionally, teachers and students have access to hundreds of other streamed videos from Curio.ca, the CBC Radio-Canada platform, and from CAMPUS, the National Film Board of Canada platform, that are accessible from ROVER and REVEL.

Last year, the Emma Stewart Resources Centre added over 200 new DVDs to the lending collection. A recent DVD for early learners is entitled Stories About Self Esteem. Animated versions of The North Star, by Peter H. Reynolds, Spoon, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Cloudette, by Tom Lichtenheld, are featured in this DVD which also includes interviews with the authors.

An excellent set of resources produced by Pinegrove Productions and distributed by McIntyre Media is the Sharing Our Habitat series. Designed with Grades 4 to 11 students in mind, the DVDs feature student investigators on a quest to find out why certain species are at risk and what can be done about it. Titles in the series are: Aquatic Haunts, Shrinking Forests, Disappearing Grasslands, Into the Boreal, Vanishing Wetlands and Shared Urban Spaces.

A powerful 13-episode DVD series that is suitable for teachers and secondary students is Future History: The Message (Season 2). Produced by Redcloud Studios and distributed by McIntyre Media, this series is focused on Indigenous identity and how Indigenous peoples can learn to restore balance and harmony in their lives. The hosts go to Indigenous communities across Canada to tap into the traditional knowledge of truth-seeking storytellers in order to promote discussion and debate around our current narrative of history. The first three episodes are entitled Awaken, Rematriate and Rebuild.

To borrow the DVDs highlighted here, please fill out the online form or call 1-800-667-7762.