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Students Using Video to Reflect on Inquiry

Background and Context

Connecting Canty Communities

St Albans School Year 3 and 4

Inquiry Learning

Aims and Purpose

Teachers are continuing to provide a range of opportunities for students to develop the key competencies using ICT and e-learning for:

  • creativity;
  • communicating, collaborating and connecting with others;
  • demonstrating ethical behaviour in their use of ICT;
  • reflection.
This link provides evidence of the customised support and professional development the facilitator is providing to individual staff. Due to not having major practicums there is more time allocated to individual teachers in classrooms. The use of ICT is made more manageable and practical by clear planning, some modelling or support. The expectation is clear that the teacher would have used the tool as a follow up meeting is scheduled where ICT use is shared and discussed with the facilitator and further goals established.

Teachers at St Albans have been consciously planning the use of video reflections in a range of different classes across the school. These have been used to reflect on behaviour, actions, implementation of new learning, (Habits of Mind), establish next steps for inquiry learning and achievement of personal goals.

The links provide evidence of a Year 3 and 4 group using iMovie as a tool to reflect on their learning and establish next steps in their inquiry about the school environment. The skills needed by the children to do this well inlcuded; familarity with taking images and film, transferrring these to the computer and iMovie and reflecting on learning.

Methods, interventions and actions

By learning and developing these kind of skills our children are:

  • becoming successful digital citizens;
  • family and whanau can actively participate in their childrens learning when it is shared as part of class blogs.
Teachers are teachers are actively planning to effectively integrate e-learning into their practice.

The whole school focus for our first inquiry cycle has been learning about the environment. The middle school have focused on our immediate school environment and how we can improve our school site. All classes visited other schools to see and compare the environments of other schools with our own.  These movies were created when the children returned to St Albans and compared our environment to the ones they had visited. 

Not only were children excited about developing their digital literacy skills they delighted in hearing their voice and opinions shared in a visual and exciting way. Video diaries are a media they are used to and are part of their 21st Century world of reality shows, Youtube and the many websites they use. By recording their thinking in this way they are emulating the world they live in.

This particular group of children reviewed their reflections and then as a class came to a consensus about what they could do to improve the St Albans School environment. Children in these groups are raising funds to purchase seating around the school, designing seating and gardens, constructing mosaic artworks to be fixed to outside walls and creating a butterfly garden.

Summary of Key Results

The process of video reflections, particularly at the 'so what' point of an inquiry, have been a powerful tool for children to consolidate their learning and establish the next step in the create phase of inquiry learning. These examples provide a snapshot of a much larger process.

Next Steps

The use of the video to capture reflection and student voice has made us reflect on other ways to celebrate learning and allow the students to have a digital voice in our school website. In term 2 we are creating our first St Albans news broadcast. Our middle school will be the target group for this production. These children will be then able to build on these skills in their classroom programmes in Year 5 and 6 with increasing idependence. All children in the school will be considered as 'material' for the news. We see video and film as a powerful tool to use in the school and look forward to how the development of its use evolves and shows evidence of the cluster goals.



  • Tamara Bell 

    Hi Claire,  

    Thanks for your hard work on the St Albans School reflective summary!  There are a few key elements missing, my best advice (so as not to overwhelm you with too much info), is to read through the reflective summary checklist, as all my suggestions come straight from there.


    If you need any assistance please let me know, I am happy to help!  Smile

    Cheers, Tamara Bell (Blended eLearning Facilitator for the CCC Cluster)