A revolution has been quietly taking place in the education industry. The use of video education is being implemented on a larger scale to reach more students. A growing percentage of teachers are seeing the benefits of this tool and incorporating it into their curriculum.
The number of students using these videos is also on the increase, as students turn to them for a variety of reasons. Students report that they provide alternative explanations which may cater more to different learning styles.
There is a growing call to action in the education sector to move beyond the textbook and into the world of video. Its multiple benefits for students and teachers alike are noteworthy. As a complementary tool, a video enhances the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom as well as alternative learning environments.
Here are some of the reasons teaching with videos is becoming more popular:
Visual stimulation grabs students’ attention
Students today are used to visual stimulation from televisions, tablets, computers, and phones. Very few respond well to the use of text on its own. Visual stimulation encourages student interaction with the content or concept. It also creates a bigger memory imprint in the student’s mind, making teaching with videos great for information retention.
Teachers also need to bear in mind that sometimes the concepts they discuss are beyond the realities and experiences of their students. Asking students to write a descriptive paragraph about being on an airplane is a good example. It assumes that all students have been on an airplane. Students who have not been on a plane wouldn’t have an idea of where to start. Showing them a video of the interior of an airplane gives them the insight they need to describe it.
Videos are great for teaching concepts that are practical and have step-by-step methods. When students are struggling with a part of the activity, the teacher need only pause the video to allow them to catch up. Students have the same option if they’re using the videos on their own.
There is emphasis placed on digital literacy
It is vital that students do not see the school and digital literacy as separate entities. They should be regarded as integrated components of education. Digital literacy is a vital 21st-century skill which is needed for just about any job. The more students are getting exposed to it at school, the more confident and proficient they will be. Students who film, edit, and exhibit their videos learn invaluable skills.
Using classroom videos is effective when accompanied by the right equipment. The wrong screen or a slow connection can ruin the impact of a video. This encourages teachers to use the videos on different platforms, depending on the video quality and type of equipment available.
Remote teaching opportunities expand exponentially
Online courses offering remote teaching by way of video education are a burgeoning market. More institutions are capitalizing on this trend by using videos to add to their online curricula. Not only does this technique reach more students, but it also increases the earning capacity of the institution.
The use of videos for online courses means that institutions do not have to hire full-time staff members to teach a course. Ethical use refers to respecting the intellectual property of others. Make sure you obtain the right permissions for videos in online courses.
There are a few ways teachers can use classroom videos
Teachers can use videos as an introduction to a concept. A good video is a great hook to get students interested.
For older students, using videos can prepare them for college. Requiring students to take notes or answer questions based on what they heard imparts listening skills. These skills can be applied at higher education levels where students are lectured and must take notes. Teachers can show students how to summarize what they have heard and how to discriminate between core facts and peripheral information.
Classroom videos can be used to complete scientific experiments or make art products. Simplify practical tasks with videos.
Videos can be used to provide students with extension work. This aims to add to what they’ve learned. It gives students expanded opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired. Equally important, videos can be used for revising concepts and reinforcing them for students who need further explanation.
The stimulation of higher order learning
The use of videos stimulates the cognitive processes of thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, decision-making, and creating. Videos take the student beyond recall and relate activities. Use videos to engage viewers in a more in-depth thought and further engagement with the content.
In today’s challenging social and economic environment, critical thinkers who can use lateral thought to come up with solutions are valuable. When we encourage this thinking from early on in a student’s career, it’s likely to become part of their approach. Critical thinkers tend to see opportunities rather than problems. Using videos as an additional resource to get students thinking outside the box should not be underestimated. Any methods that challenge students to go above and beyond the scope of ‘normal’ should be used in the classroom. Videos in education, ensure a future generation of innovators who can face the future and its as yet unknown problems.
The variety of videos available
Given that student video education can be used in so many ways, it is vital that teachers explore options when choosing videos. Based on the videos they have access to and have the authorization to use, they can decide how to use them. The teacher can determine if a video is applicable as an introduction or for extension work, etc. The video the teacher chooses must be ‘fit for purpose’ which means it must match its intended purpose.
A teacher ensures that they are authorized to use the video and that they have the right equipment to use it in class. There is a massive amount of content for teachers to choose from. Taking a bit of time to view several videos to find the right one is essential.
The teacher becomes a facilitator
When a teacher uses videos in their classroom, they briefly step out of the teacher role and into a facilitator role. They get to step back and allow students to undergo the learning process under their supervision. This gives the teacher a better insight into their students, their learning styles and capacities, and what stimulates them. The teacher can keep all these factors in mind when planning future lessons.
However, the teacher continues to play a pivotal role in the delivery of a curriculum. A video cannot replace a teacher. High-quality teaching remains critical to excellent student performance. Teachers who use videos to supplement their teaching instead of replacing it have the most success.
Video hosting is a growing industry
Platforms that allow innovative video makers to share their work are becoming increasingly popular. They create a centralized place for teachers to search for videos that they can use. Several video hosting services have emerged in the age of student video education.
When selecting a service to use to showcase your videos, specific factors must be considered. It must be a reliable service that does not have a reputation for crashing. The service should have protections in place to eliminate pirating or hacking. It must be able to process and accommodate more extended video clips. Investigate the cost of using a video platform and limits imposed on users before selecting it.
Videos can be used to accommodate attention spans
When a teacher selects a video for their classroom, they must bear its length in mind. A video of 30 minutes should not be broadcast in one sitting. The average student attention span is 7-15 minutes depending on their age. Anything shown beyond that timeframe will be ‘lost’ time as students won’t retain very much. A video can be stopped every so often so that discussions can be held. Then when it is resumed, everyone is ready to concentrate again.
Most good educational videos come in smaller modules which the teacher can use. These modules accommodate shorter attention spans.
Videos are excellent marketing tools
Schools and higher learning institutes use videos to do marketing. These videos are designed to attract attendees. They are effective marketing and communication tools. Events can be recorded and streamed for live viewing. People associated with the school feel like members of a family when they are included. This is an easy way to keep them up to date. This type of innovative approach to public relations is attractive to potential students. It is viewed as ‘moving with the times’ which is an essential criterion in selecting a school for many.
The return on investment of promotional videos can be measured in either academic or enrolment performance. Most institutions that have measured it report an increase.