The birthplace of critical thinking. Define a role, make a claim, demonstrate reasoning.
Building a deep understanding of content, valuing evidence, and communicating thinking are the foundations of all disciplines.
In the 1-2 minute time frame, students can communicate evidenced based explanations and arguments.
Using the claim, evidence, reasoning (CER) framework, students construct a video argument or explanation supported by evidence from class experiences and, most important, their reasoning or thinking of how that evidence supports the claim. Students also prepare commentary to connect their chosen evidence to a big science idea or concept. This critical thinking encourages students to pull together discrete pieces of knowledge and experiences into a distilled video product communication.
Clear, Concise, Critical Thinking
Distilling an explanation means students communicate clear, coherent, and logical evidenced-based thinking in a 1-2 minute video product.
Just as scientific distillation involves the separation of one component from another, when planning videos, students separate unnecessary or weaker evidence (undesired substances) from the essential elements of a strong explanation (the desired pure substance). By restricting the length of final videos to 60 seconds, students are forced to select only the evidence that best supports their claim.
Coaching is Critical
Students need coaching through specific feedback to improve video products over time.
Video products serve as both ways for students to construct meaning by pulling their class experiences together in a coherent way to support their claim and for students to demonstrate understanding that teachers can quickly formatively assess. Teachers can use this holistic rubric to provide feedback about the evidence-based communication in the video.