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Scott, I'm in partial agreement with what both you and Blair have to say. Let me start at the end. It would be more effective for students to create their own 60-second recaps if that's what I wanted them to get out of them. I've had to learn to watch out for the trap of having my students do something new and cool because I think it's new and cool rather than a strong fit for the essential questions and enduring understandings we're dealing with. It strikes me as strange that I wouldn't do that with a book. Reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower and realizing it was an amazing creation didn't lead me to have my students write their own first-person epistolic coming-of-age novels. Electricity does funny things. I don't think of them in the same way as Cliffs or Spark or all the rest. I think of these vids more as trailers for the books. They whet the appetite or create questions. By virtue of the fact they're only 60 seconds long, they won't be able to provide the same insight or depth of their predecessors. Good questions. The thing these vids make me ask is "Why do they make teachers excited?"
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