This is a YouTube video excerpt from a PBS documentary, presented as a "Primer".
Type of Material:
You Tube video clip
As an assignment or an in-class presentation.
Web browser that can view YouTube videos.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Target Student Population:
High school or early undergraduate
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
The video is well made (production qualities)
The information is accurate and experts are interviewed, adding more to the credibility of the information
The captioning is horribly incorrect, to the point where a deaf viewer would not be getting the same information as a hearing viewer (e.g. "Darwin's influence..." becomes in the captions "Darwin in France..."
A little basic and dry narrative, but that may be necessary for some students.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The video is good for people not very familiar with science, as it is narrated in simple language and is very persuasive
The video addresses a common misconception among people not trained in science, so it potentially a very effective resource
The captions would render the information in the video unintelligible and therefore not very effective
Would probably not be very effective with a student who believes in intelligent design or creationism. No assignments or thought provoking questions to accompany the activity.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The video is easily viewable with any web browser and an internet connection
Easy to load. No navigation necessary.
There may be some issues with viewing YouTube on iPads, iPods and iPhones, which do not support Flash