Sunday morning, I was writing a bit fast and didn’t notice an error in the title of my post regarding using the netstat command to see the connections a computer makes to external sites and devices. The mistake I made (I have since corrected it) was to use “they are” when I should have used “their”. I have known the difference and have been teaching students the difference for as long as I can remember. Having said that, my mistake was a good opportunity to unearth some short video lessons on the differences between “there”, “their” and “they are” and when to use each of them.

Free school offers this short and precise explanation of homophones. The video is not going to win any awards for its creativity, but it is effective in delivering the rules for using them, they are and there.

GCF Learn Free Offers this 90 second video explanation of when to use there they are and their. The video uses small GI Joe print to explain the correct use of each word. Judging from the YouTube comments below the video, most people like the video approach, but some don’t like using a military theme for the video.

Making homophone videos can be a good way for students to learn and remember how to use them. On Next Vista for Learning, you will find this video explanation produced by the students of the differences between their, there, and they are.

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