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10 Ways Teachers Can Use ClassHook in Lessons

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Are you an educator and new to ClassHook? Are you a seasoned educator looking for a fresh update to incorporate more technology into your lesson plans? First of all, welcome! We at ClassHook serve as a support system to your lesson plan needs. Here are the top 10 use cases to engage your students with ClassHook:

  1. As a Hook

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Grab your students’ attention with clips from their favorite shows and movies! Captivate your students at the start of your lessons with fun clips aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. You can use the clips as a quick introduction or transition to new topics during lessons. Making class a memorable experience with the use of an anticipatory set can also serve as a mnemonic device for your students.

  1. Illustrate a concept or principle

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Clips can be used to help illustrate abstract concepts and principles. For audio and visual learners, the clips can help them to conceptualize ideas, understand how a principle works, and make abstract concepts more tangible to their understanding. Connecting an abstract concept with a memorable scene from a show gives the students an example to draw to when they are defining or thinking about it in their discussions.

  1. Exemplify real-world scenarios
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ClassHook can also be used to search for specific clips that present examples of ethical dilemmas, science experiments, and controversial topics to students. Exemplifying real-world scenarios from shows and films can help students relate to the topics and make connections to the world around them. 

  1. Exaggerate a particular point

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Sometimes there will be concepts or ideas in class lessons that need to be highlighted. Movies and TV shows often use exaggeration and hyperboles to deliver their message in a comedic way. By using ClassHook, you can easily show your students funny clips that can help bring attention to points that you are teaching. Here’s a clip exemplifying how you can use exaggeration to help students recognize the differences of figurative vs. literal language:

  1. Real-world application critique

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Have students make connections with Hollywood’s interpretation of real-world applications with their own experiences in the real-world. Challenge students to assess how valid and accurate the real-world applications are presented in popular media and television. 

  1. Teach social emotional learning

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Opportunities in teaching social emotional learning concepts such as conflict resolution, motivation, empathy, and coping with emotions are abundant when it comes to showing your students clips from television shows and movies. Social emotional aspects of movies and TV shows often drive the plot of the story and motivate the characters to act in order to achieve their goals that can relate to how students are feeling in their own experiences. Using our clips will support your students’ discussion on social emotional learning through examples and vignettes of scenes.

  1. Monitor comprehension

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Use ClassHook to monitor comprehension with our discussion features. With ClassHook, you can get student perspectives on the video and gauge their understanding of key ideas and concepts. Students can ask questions using our live discussion feature on the clips which will give you the opportunity to address their concerns or make clarifications in a timely and contextual manner. 

  1. Encourage deeper discourse

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Challenge students to think critically about the clips you are presenting. You can encourage students to have deeper conversations about topics in your lesson with ClassHook through live discussions, pause prompts, and the content of our clips.

  1. Teach vocabulary

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Television and movies may use many vocabulary words and jargon in the character’s dialogue. You can use this to your student’s learning advantage with our clips as students see how the vocabulary word is used in context with natural conversations. To find clips that contain specific vocabulary words, use our vocabulary finder.

  1. Discussion starters

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Similar to using ClassHook as a hook, using our clips’ discussion starters is a great way to engage your students into the discussion! Our favorite way to do this is by incorporating our pause prompt feature, which embeds your discussion questions directly onto our clips and encourages active participation with students. Another great way to use ClassHook as a discussion starter is by showing a clip and talking about it with your students.

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