Print-Video Venn Diagram

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14 March 2014

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What is a Print-Video Venn Diagram?

This is an individual or small group learning strategy to help students obtain and summarize information presented from both a text and a related video. Students read a short text and watch a short video and then compare the information presented in both to determine what is unique and what was common to both media.

Why use it?

  • To access information from both text and video media formats that present the same information in different ways
  • To make video viewing more interactive
  • To help students focus their viewing of videos
  • To help students summarizing information presented through both text and videos

How do I use it?

Print-Video Venn Diagram template
  • Provide students with the given text. Each student should make note of important aspects of the text (e.g., using a highlighter, underlining, making point form notes, etc.).
  • Have students watch the video. Ensure that students have a place to record point form notes during the video (e.g., in a notebook).
  • Provide students with the Print-Video Venn Diagram template (see image at right). On the left side, have the students record information unique to the text, on the right side record information unique to the video, and in the centre, record information common to both the text and the video.

Tips for success

  • Choose a video and a piece of text that have some information in common.
  • Students may wish to view the video more than once, especially if there is extensive information, information is presented quickly, or the vocabulary is unfamiliar.


  • Watch the video a second time and have students switch roles to validate information and to add new information.
  • If a video does not have text, have students work in pairs with one student focusing on the images and the other focusing on the audio.


  • Provide student with a set of focusing questions so that they know what they are looking/listening for in the video.


Denning, David. (n.d.). Video in Theory and Practice: Issues for Classroom Use and Teacher Video Evaluation [PDF document]. (accessed May 1, 2014).

Hillner, J. (2009). How to Use Online Video in Your Classroom [html page] (accessed May 1, 2014).

Create-Your-Own Print-Video Venn Diagram

  • Print-Video Venn Diagram Template [.doc] [.pdf]

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