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Kids don't like videos anymore.
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When I was in school (a million years ago) it was a rare day when we got to watch a film. When we saw that projector, it was like Christmas. Then later on, the VCR.
When I put on videos for my class, they couldn't care less.
I put on an Explorers video today. A funny cartoon series. Shortly after it started, 2 students complained about the voices in the cartoon, and said they couldn't understand what they were saying. Yes, one of the voices was a bit odd (it's a French video dubbed in English), but it was understandable if you listen. I ended up putting them in 3 different classrooms during the video so the rest of the class could enjoy it.


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THIS. I put on the movie Coco one day. Beautiful and entertaining. I'm an art teacher. I put it on as a little inspiration for a day of the dead project. They complained the whole time in every class period. They said I was asking them to do too much. To watch a movie is asking you to do too much? That's mostly what makes me want to quit teaching is THAT attitude.
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I get pretty mad at the kids who watch a 10 minute video and say "how long was that" with this big attitude in their voice. I flat out told them when they complain to me like that about a fun video it's like they think I'm here to obey their every wish like a genie.
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Found an exception
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We have been reading about the lost treasures of Kabul in our Reach for Reading anthologies, and the kids have been enthralled.
Well, I found the National Geographic video "Lost Treasures of Afghanistan", and we watched it.
The kids were so excited to see the same treasures that were pictured in their books. They were finding the places on the maps, and shouting excitedly "That's the guy from the book!".

Most of them. One student asked, "What can we do?" Um. Watch the video?

Anyway, it's pretty neat to see them making connections between what they read, and the video.
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Yep, times are different, kids are different. It's kind of sad.

I remember that rare treat too when in elem school our class watched one occasionally:

- The Neverending Story
- Maricela from the Wonderworks series on the PBS station
- Some Christmas movie, I can't remember the title.

I haven't worked w/ kids in a long time, but I guess unless it's the latest video games, it's "no good" to them.


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Times are definitely different...
Old 04-12-2019, 03:26 PM
 
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I remember when we got SmartBoards in the school. My building went up to third grade, and the third grade classrooms got them first. I was in the last group of teachers to get one at my grade, which annoyed me because I was into technology and used it more than several others at the grade. Using the Smartboard and showing videos on it was a novelty compared to the small TV we had mounted on the wall.

Now, every classroom has SmartBoard. There is no novelty in it, and the attention spans of the students are much less. It used to be that especially at the end of the year or before a vacation, you could put on a full-length video and the kids would sit quietly and actually watch so you could get a few things done in the classroom. Not anymore. I had to sit with them and make sure they were attending and not fooling around.

One exception was when we were studying world problems in social studies. There was a series of short video clips called A Dollar A Day. The kids were truly fascinated to see how some American college students who traveled to Central America had to live on a dollar a day to truly experience the challenges other cultures in the world have to face. I enjoyed the discussions we had that came out of those videos. We also enjoyed Pixar Shorts.
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When teaching the Animation unit, I showed some classic animation. Kids don't watch the Warner Bros cartoons anymore, and they had never heard of Elmer Fudd or the Roadrunner cartoons.

I showed them Feed the Kitty and then compared it to a scene in Monster's Inc so they could see how Pixar was inspired by an earlier film.

The chase scene from Bullitt, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Bambi Meets Godzilla, and several "brickfilms" were also shown.

For Christmas, I showed Wallace and Grommit animations. My third graders had already seen Polar Express, Frozen, and all the Pixar movies, so Wallace and Grommit was completely new.
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Our videos were reel to reel tapes!. Wed watch Nature ones in the multipurpose room on rainy days, and the occasional one in class. There was always the one nerdy student in charge of making it work.

We dont get to watch videos too often in my classes, (it took 3 months, yes 3, to finish one about Krakatoa,)but when we do, most kids enjoy them. The few grumpy ones are annoying.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:05 PM
 
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I don't remember ever, ever watching a "fun" movie in school! We had the reel to reel projector for science films, and ninety percent of the time the film broke or the projector didn't work.
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Filmstrips anyone?
Old 04-13-2019, 04:07 AM
 
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For those of us who went to school during the 60s and 70s or earlier, there were filmstrips.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filmstrip
I'm not sure any student anywhere was ever excited when it was time to watch one, but most of us knew we were expected to watch and listen quietly. On the somewhat rare occasions when a movie projector was brought in, it really was a special treat. Agnes, you're right!

As a sub, when I show teacher-assigned videos students sometimes enjoy them and don't complain. It depends on the video and on the class. As many of you have commented, though, so many kids today have very short attention spans. Videos are such a part of everyday life that there is no novelty anymore.

I don't sub high school very often anymore, but those kids can be the absolute worst if a video doesn't have lots of action.


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I remember those! It was a BIG THING if you were the one who was allowed to turn the knob to get to the next scene. I started teaching in the late 80's. I remember showing the film strips and ordering the reel to reel movies. Kids loved them.
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I don't remember filmstrips in elementary school, though I knew what they were. We did have filmstrips in early morning Seminary (my church has religious classes for high school students) in the late 1980s.

I also grew up on those records and tapes that went along with the Disney book. That "BOONG" sound to turn the page is forever etched into my brain
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:52 AM
 
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See, I'm the opposite. I get annoyed when Johnny Rotten is suddenly able to behave when a movie is on. What about his IEP or emotional/behavioral issues then? IMO, students who can't watch a movie are special needs. I used to go to a local theater, but stopped because there was too much phone using and loud talking from adults. I now go to a movie theater that has ushers and escorts that behavior out.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:41 AM
 
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Have not been allowed for several years. Unless something is totally connected to curriculum, there is no time for that. It amazes me that teachers have the flexibility to show movies.
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I thought it was just me
Old 04-14-2019, 10:31 AM
 
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Wow. I am relieved to see this post. I thought it was just me. I only show two movies anymore....Little House on the Prairie (an actual movie from the public library, not the t.v. series) and Ruby Bridges (a Disney movie). I read the Little House books so the kids really enjoy the movie. We study influential people and most kids don't know about Ruby Bridges. These two movies they really enjoy.

But, in the recent past, if I showed a movie for a special treat (day before winter break), I experienced the same reactions that posters have shared here. I gave up on them.
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I don't show random movies.
Old 04-15-2019, 09:19 AM
 
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I show videos that are connected to the curriculum: The Explorers video because we are studying explorers in Social Studies. MAgic School Bus, Bill Nye, or similar for science. The Treasures of Kabul because it ties directly into our Language Arts unit. Or if we do a novel study (rare this year) I might show the movie after we read and have them compare/contrast.
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:50 PM
 
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Kids don't like movies anymore because they can watch them on demand any and everywhere. Most probably fall asleep to watching them so they are no big deal. Personally, I really dislike movies even as I kid I was never a movie or tv watcher. So, as soon something comes on I'm likely to talk through it.
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Been there myself with videos, games, interactive computer lessons and anything short of spinning plates and lighting off fireworks. I have one student in my classroom who refuses to do anything that involves being creative (art projects etc.) Of course, that sets the tone in the room and the other students follow exactly what he does. Sorry, you are going through that. Today, that attitude is universal.
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