Some may recall that their favorite days of school were those on which they entered their classroom to find a TV cart stationed near the chalkboard. Instead of listening to a long, mind-numbing lecture, it was time for a video. Also, there was probably a substitute teacher. Bonus.
Of course, not all lectures are snooze-fests. But if the only thing kids did all day was sit and listen to instructors chatter at them, it would get old fast.
Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, recognizes that video can be a powerful tool in learning. The company wants to help teachers connect with their students in every way possible. If there were exciting new advancements in telepathic lesson-teaching, Shmoop would be on top of it.
For that reason, Shmoop has recently added a boatload of new Video Activities to its Teacher Guides that teachers can use to supplement their teaching methods. Whether doing an analysis of 1984 (and Casey Affleck thought his Big Brother was a tough act to follow), Romeo and Juliet (the original Edward and Bella) or To Kill a Mockingbird (sure, if you want PETA on your butt), Shmoop has the videos that will have teachers covered.
In all, 26 new video activities are available—all Common Core-aligned—and many more are slated to be added soon. Don’t be surprised if, before long, Shmoop is even offering a video with a detailed analysis of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Because everyone knows that what makes that book so popular is all of the allegorical subtext.