By Lori Wade, Contributing Writer
Technology develops quickly — probably even quicker than we imagined. It starts affecting every area of our lives, from business to entertainment. It affects education as well, though often slower than it could.
Our educational institutions are often conservative by themselves. Moreover, the faster technologies develop, the harder it becomes to implement them in the classroom. Not all educational institutions have enough budget to purchase gadgets in order to reorganize the whole educational process, and not all of them are willing to do so. However, implementing new technologies is important for many reasons. Schools and colleges need to catch up with a technological process, making education more interesting for modern children. A good way to start doing so is to use videos in the educational process.
Why should you consider using videos for teaching and learning?
Videos aren’t that hard to implement in the educational program. They don’t require complex technologies (you can even show them on your laptop). However, they can affect students immensely at the same time. According to the data provided by Games And Learning website, in 2015 70% of teachers claimed that students’ engagement increased greatly when they added educational video games to courses’ programs. Here’s how videos can improve the learning process:
- - they provide visual explanation and additional visualization, which would be especially useful for students who have visual memory;
- - they allow students to study certain material outside of the class: this way it would be easier for them to catch up with the rest in case they’ve missed something.
- - Moreover, this way you’ll have more class time to spend on interacting with students, doing practical assignments, and engaging students in group discussions; they are an extra source of information.
How to use videos in the classroom effectively?
When we’re talking about using videos in the classroom, the best way to include them in the program is by making these videos an enhancement to a certain lesson or topic. If you want to add a video to your lesson, here are some questions to answer that would make the process easier:
What is your topic and what goals you plan to achieve with the help of the video?
First, you need to understand whether your topic is very specific or more general - this would help you pick the most suitable video resource later. Second, you need to keep in mind why do you plan to include video in a lesson. Would it serve as an additional informational source? Or would it be a part of the practice (for example, a video in a foreign language that students need to watch and translate)?
Would this video be suitable for the students?
Of course, it’s always important to ensure beforehand that a video would have no explicit content and would be appropriate for students of a certain age. But it’s also important to ensure that it would be appropriate academically as well. Take some time and make sure that a certain video is not too basic or too complex for your students.
How are you going to implement the video in the lesson?
Picking the right video is only a half of the job. Implementing it in your lesson well is another half. If you plan to start a discussion with students after this video, ensure that you’ll have enough time to do so. If you plan to assign a project based on the video you’ll show, also make sure that students will have enough time to ask you questions about this project. Picking the right video resource is also important. While you can find educational videos everywhere, it’s always better to choose specific teaching sites that can be easily found online. This will minimize the risk of stumbling upon something inappropriate as well as help you save some time on lesson preparation. After all, looking for specific teaching videos on such websites is usually much easier and quicker than searching for them all over the internet.
There’s always a chance to make the learning process more interesting and diverse by introducing new learning tools to your students. Videos are one of these tools. They are interesting, entertaining and informative at the same time. They can also be used in any class. Even if you are a literature teacher looking for the ways to demonstrate how interesting writing prompts could be, you can pick some videos that contain stories or are movies’ excerpts to illustrate your point of view to the students. Do you think that videos can be a great addition to the learning process or are you more a fan of traditional learning? Maybe you’ve been using videos in a classroom for are while and are willing to share your experience with us? Please write down your thoughts and stories in the comments below.
About the Writer
Lori Wade is a freelance content writer who is interested in a wide range of spheres from education and online marketing to entrepreneurship. She is also an aspiring tutor striving to bring education to another level. She has been writing and editing professionally for over two years.