An oft quoted statistic says that between 70-80 percent of what people learn comes from visual stimulus. There is just something about seeing how something works that enables us to form a lasting memory of the information. As such, video is an excellent way to engage students in lessons as well as increase their retention of the subject.
For those looking to increase their use of video in education, there are almost as many ways to use video as there are videos available for use. Whether creating your own videos or using those available to you, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Demonstrate a tough to visualize concept
For concepts that really need to be seen in order for students to fully understand, videos provide a way to show students as well as tell them.
-Possible topics: famine experienced around the world, geometry, the effects of natural disasters, animals interacting in the wild
Show an experiment that cannot be done in class
Whether due to the cost of the materials needed or the danger of the experiment, there are some things that just cannot be demonstrated at school. For these occasions, video provides a way for students to experience the experiment without having to complete it themselves
-Possible uses: rocket launches, flame throwers, chemical reactions
Take students on a virtual field trip
It is not always practical to take an entire class, or school, to an off-campus location so that they can experience it. For students in rural areas, a trip to a museum may not be possible, for others, their teachers simply wants them to experience something that cannot reasonable be accomplished
-Possible uses: trips to a world-renown museum, trips to space, underwater adventures
Bring cultures from around the world to life
For many classes, understanding the way people live in other areas of the world is a large part of the curriculum. In this case, video provides a simple way to expose students to both the sights and sounds of other cultures – allow students to see how they live, what they eat, and what they wear, as well as hear what the language sounds like.
-Possible uses: video chat with a class in another country, teach a foreign language, compare vegetation around the world
Many students are already creating and sharing digital content outside the classroom. Harness their creativity and encourage them to use their skills to create a video for class.
Possible uses: video book report, teach a lesson
Become an expert
An additional benefit of using video in the classroom is that it allows teachers to shine in all subjects, not just those they are comfortable with. If someone is somewhat less knowledgeable about a particular subject they are teaching, it is possible to find a video that will explain it in a way students will understand. Video enables everyone to be an expert in every field.
With all the benefits and possibilities presented by using video in the classroom, it is a tool every teacher can and should be using. Not only does video increase retention of subject matter, video can be used to stimulate interest by creating a visual for an otherwise detached student.
What is your favorite way to use video in your class?