Video, as it applies to classrooms, is essentially the capture of any significant moment in time to be reproduced for the benefit of others. That’s what makes it such a great tool to enhance classroom learning in lots of subjects. What simpler way to expand the time you have in class than to use relevant and meaningful pre-recorded From curating and enhancing them for interactivity to making your own that can be accessed anywhere at anytime?
It’s worth mentioning that video, like any other media, is meant to be used in supplemental way.
It’s always more effective to make meaningful human connections to students first, and make edtech enhancement secondary.
Did you come across a video that you thought explained something so succinctly, you couldn’t have done it better yourself? You thought this is something I’ve really got to share!
Or maybe you (or any of your students) are budding Spielbergs and would like to produce short videos on your own. Here are some important things to consider when using video in the classroom.
Video Can Support Classroom Learning
Probably the simplest route to using videos is to curate them as is from YouTube or any other site from the list below. Find just that right video that conveys your message more succinctly than you can and find some way to show it to the students.
When you can’t bring the kids to a real live London Symphony Orchestra concert, a short video excerpt would do. This is the most basic use of video in the classroom. When using this method, remember that you don’t have to show the entire video if not all of it is relevant.
Also be aware that no more than 5 minutes would keep the students’ attention. Be prepared to manually fast-forward, reverse, stop, and start the video where needed—although using videos unaltered and at full length might leave you wanting for more control.
Sharpen Your Tools
Explore tools like Vibby, eduCanon and EDpuzzle which allow you to crop videos, highlight certain sections, and even add interactive questions. Some of these tools even allow you to voice over your own comments.
When looking for easy formative assessment and monitoring if the students have understood the material, the adding of questions is a must. Find a video tool in which answers are recorded and emailed to you, so that you can monitor student learning even outside of the classroom.
Get in the Director’s Chair
Probably the most involved use of video—and perhaps the most fun—involves you creating your own videos. You can do this on your own. Some schools have a classroom and after-school time slots dedicated to creating flipped videos. Other teachers actually have their students record their in-class lecture and students edit it themselves for use as flipped video content.
Having students involved in the editing process gets them engaged for “stickier” learning. Creating playlists and building up your repertoire of great online content is one of the easiest ways to create an arsenal of engaging videos to draw from, honoring the need for differentiation in learning for your digitally inclined students.
Some Tips on Using Video
Do you have projector to show the videos in class? Using this technique, you control the video—stopping, starting, commenting, and asking questions. The drawback is that this takes time during class and might not lend itself well to true differentiation.
Even if it’s on video, it’s still a lecture. So why not create the same experience for students to do on their own?
Using programs like eduCanon allow you to share the videos outside of class, freeing students to interact with the videos whenever and wherever they want, at their own pace.
There are numerous places to go for videos. of course. Here’s a list to get you started:
- Khan Academy
- ZANE Education
- PBS LearningMedia.org
- National Geographic Video
- NASA TV
- BBC Video
- Teacher Tube
Whether you’re curating and enhancing them for interactivity to making your own, using video in the classroom can save you time because it engages students in a way that they are used to.
While finding other videos to suit the needs in your classroom is a big step, more teachers are creating their own flipped videos to either keep private for their students or share with the public.