Using Other Places to Promote Writing

Immersing the pupils is important if you want to get the best out of your pupils, often we use books and images to engage pupils but how about videos games? I've written a few articles before about how you can use video games to create a whole sequence of work and use parts of games as a contextual hub for learning but how about using small video game montages of a theme to create descriptive writing. I have been using the wonderful videos of 'Other Places' to get children to write descriptions of a wide variety of settings and the results have been brilliant. Here are some of the links I have used and I would recommend them as they are free to use and adds a bit of wow to lessons!