What is your preferred way to use a video in your class?
#1 says: I love them, I use them as much as possible, students love them. I show them whenever I can think of an excuse or find a good video.
#2 says: I generally only use video in my electives, and generally Daily Show or Colbert Report clips on current events that just happen to fit with a topic we’re discussing. Occasionally I’ll dig up a Youtube video of an old commercial or something to explain what things were like before they were born. I tend to use NPR a bit more, either having them listen in class or as a homework assignment that we’ll then discuss in class. For one of my electives, I have a video of a talk that an architect of an important piece of legislation gave that I just show instead of lecturing because he just does a great job of explaining what and why and what are the problems. I also have a video on another topic that I play sometimes because it has a nice overview of all the scholarly articles we’ll be reading on the topic. One year I had my students watch a Michael Moore video for the final exam and use what they’d learned in the class to critique it.