Using educational and insightful videos for teaching
There is an increase in the amount of video footage being shown in classrooms. This is because videos provide an alternative avenue for teacher to deliver educational and informative content. Research suggests that 94% of teachers make use of videos during class time.
In order for students to learn better, they need to be engaged and energised about the topic that they are studying. It was found that showing videos to students increased their attention span and made the lessons enjoyable and compelling. Videos inspired students to learn and retain information much more than traditional print mediums. This is because sight and sound were found to be a better medium of learning for students who were naturally auditory or visual learners.
Ideas for introducing video footage in the classroom
As noted from the above, showing videos in the classroom is a great way to entice learner’s curiosity and drive for knowledge. If educators want to start a history lesson by making use of video footage it would be a good idea for them to show a tape of political figures throughout history. This would be a good introduction to the lesson and will capture the attention of the classroom.
Another idea would be listening to animal sounds as an introduction to endangered animal species in the world. In addition to this, if ‘man walking on the moon’ is the topic of the day then educators could start the lesson with the sound of a space shuttle.
Benefits of using video footage in the classroom
- Children are stimulated and have a higher attention span in the classroom
- Videos provide innovative means for educators to get ideas and information across
- Videos provide a sensory experience for students, allowing them to ‘feel’ as if they are there or on an adventure. This increases memory capacity as these lessons are not easily forgotten
- Videos make lessons interactive and fun, leading to students retaining more information
- Videos are a flexible medium and have the ability to ‘stop’ ‘fast-forward’ or ‘rewind’
“Research has demonstrated that the most effective way to use video is as an enhancement to a lesson, or unit of study. Video should be used as a facet of instruction along with other resource material available to you for teaching a particular topic”
Have a look at an example of an educational environmental video for kids here