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Watching Videos Differently

Tv screen with teacher and play-icon

Would you like to show a video during your class? As a source of information or as a conversation starter? But are these images as “objective” as they seem at first sight? Journalists and reporters make certain choices to convey a message. You should think about the fragments you want to use.

To better understand how these choices affect a video’s message, and to discover whether this message fits with what you want to convey, Mediawijs, together with VIAA (Vlaams Instituut voor Archivering) has developed an interactive tool to work with videos in the classroom.

What is covered

This interactive video with six questions and six examples helps teachers and students to watch videos better and to reflect on what they (do not) see. This way you can work on a critical attitude and the ICT and media literacy attainment levels. 

How to use it

For each video clip, it is best to ask a few questions. These questions are about what you see or hear, who made the video and for whom it was made, where and when the footage was shot, and how the subject is portrayed. Finally, all the questions come together in the “why” question that revolves around the intention of the creator.

What you need

Watch the interactive video (Dutch only): you will find six examples (with nine fragments) in each of which you can ask six questions.