Did you know that some school districts are using Covideo to catch up with students, applaud their efforts, or even give them homework, all while explaining the focus points and final goals?
Also, warm and sincere feedback and performance reviews are more than an admirable way to connect with parents and let them cooperate by tailoring their child’s education.
Continue reading to discover all the advantages video brings to the classroom!
Do you remember that happy feeling when you saw your teacher opening the TV cabinet in the classroom?
You knew what was coming: a session of exciting video content which depicted the natural order in a jungle, or the process of creating an atom.
No matter the topic, you loved it.
Today, we’re going to talk about three reasons why you should grasp on to that feeling, and nurture the importance of video in education.
They say that a 1-minute video is worth a million words.
Educational videos often include elements that promote student engagement. In such an environment, they are in control of their personal learning experience.
A video can be just a casual text-on-screen combo with audio for those whose brain likes to keep it simple, but it can also offer a higher degree of visualization.
Children that learn with video are also subtly and consequently getting more familiar with the use of different types of technology.
Video-based learning easily attracts any student.
A combination of speech, text, and images allows getting to your point much faster. Therefore, there is more space for extra content and extra conversation.
Video technology in education casually covers a wide range of topics which are relevant ALWAYS.
Once created, a video stays here forever (or for however long you need). Moreover, you won’t need pieces of fancy equipment.
All you need is s basic TV with a VHS or DVD player, a laptop and a projector, or a simple link to a video that is already online. Whichever you choose, you cannot fail.
Also, did you know that you can cut down on paper and ink?
Replacing your textual content with an online video lecture, for example, will make your students instantly react to it better because instead of flipping pages and pages of text and long sentences, you’ll have them in their most natural habitat – online.
The uses of YouTube in education are endless.
When you ask kids why they like learning stuff on YouTube, most of them will probably have the same answers: it’s fun.
Video-based education is easily accessible – you can do it in your room, at your own pace.
Moreover, you can pause whenever you need to.
Just a slight press of that space bar will give you all the time you need to rehearse something in your brain, without actually stopping the person, wasting their time and patience.
Besides, you don’t have to show your lack of knowledge in front of an actual person who’s trying to teach you a specific lesson.
On the other hand, if you haven’t understood or heard something correctly the first time, you can get back to it and watch and listen that part over and over and over, as much as you need.
You can’t do that with your actual, live teachers, no matter how patient or skilled they might be.
Videos are also portable, which offers an incredible level of flexibility to both instructors/teachers and learners. Accessing these videos anywhere and anytime also provides with a broader reach in the educational practice.
For example, some schools use technology to remove snow days: five school districts have decided to start with a pilot program of students using Chromebook, to attend online lectures from home.
That way, they can “attend” their classes and continue to learn without a problem, dissolving the issue of skipping a lesson.
The possibility of bringing home what’s out there in the classroom can be beneficial for homeschooled children, or students studying on campus.
On the other hand, even though the video might be concerning a vital lesson or topic, somehow it always seems a little less formal, and that is quite relieving.
The logic behind this is simple – you want to learn something unknown and complicated, so you seriously don’t need any unnecessary, complicated, overwhelming language.
Video content makes children connect faster.
Effective educational videos significantly improve the memory process by facilitating thinking in the manner of asking questions.
Asking questions leads to better research skills, collaborative working, organizational skills and problem-solving, and these are the top skills we all needed to perfect yesterday.
Learning through video sparks curiosity and promotes the development of a skill called elastic thinking.
For example, The University of Queensland in Australia pinpointed some of the top pedagogical benefits of using video in education, and some of those are:
Children who are taught to ask questions tend to learn a more significant amount of facts, and they learn with greater enthusiasm.
Questions are also a possible opportunity for a debate, leading children to learn and (re)act more actively rather than passively!
Watching visually-captivating material at home, prepares children better for the next class, as they will engage more, debate more, draw better conclusions and finally – learn more.
When videos are short, there is a substantial possibility the students will watch 100% of it.
The estimated optimal duration of a video is less than six minutes.
As the watching period lengthens, the engagement rate drops, but there are ways to get back on track.
Proper preparation involves watching the video in advance and providing a sheet with essential highlights and questions.
Moreover, when you are going over a topic that is particularly crucial, you can pause it, emphasize the importance of what they just saw, and if needed – repeat it.
The goal is to watch the video as a class that will be motivated to ask questions that eventually turn into a discussion.
If children react positively to such an atmosphere if they answer all of the questions and resolve all the potential dilemmas, and if they memorized the focal points, you did a great job!
There is entirely no doubt that the use of video in education will become even more popular in the future.
However, it’s important to note that it works ideally only when combined with other pedagogical tools because not all learners have the same learning techniques and capabilities.
The most important thing is to find the ideal balance among all the tools, and then you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your efforts entirely.
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