I’ve been exploring Vocab Vids as an engaging, multimodal approach to vocabulary learning. I’ve seen how students from third to twelfth grade, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, invest themselves in exploring word meaning, brainstorming skit ideas, and then shooting a video to express the word.
I was delighted to receive a message last week that led me to the New York Times Learning Network’s blog featuring their Vocabulary Video contest (hurry, the contest ends, Dec. 5!). In celebration of nearing publication of 1000 words in their word of the day blog, they have invited students from ages 13-10 to create and upload 15 second videos illustrating one of the featured daily words.
Even if you don’t enter the contest, I recommend that you check out the Learning Network’s post to learn more about vocabulary videos. They feature several teacher blogs and online references that are likely to be helpful in supporting vocabulary instruction. I was happy to see that they also featured my Literacy Beat post, Vocab Vids.