8 Simple Ways To Start Using Video In Your Classroom

There are hundreds of video sites perfect for your classroom. They wouldn’t exist without useful videos. Therefore, it’s safe to say that video is playing a big role in the lives of today’s students.

But how much of a role does it play in the future of education? Luckily, Cisco conducted a study (PDF) and crafted a whitepaper that details exactly what we should expect in the coming years regarding video. They also whipped up a handy infographic if you don’t have time to comb through the whitepaper. I’ve highlighted some of the key points below:

Key Takeaway

The paper encourages educators, superintendents, administrators, deans, and information and communications technology specialists to see video technologies as tools that enable and support the learning process and that need to be complemented with forward-looking pedagogies, solid professional development programs for teachers, and a true integration with curricula.

Recommended Applications

Basic instruction
In foreign language classes, history and geography lessons where students can bring a subject to life, stimulate their ability to recall facts and events, and experience places they wouldn’t otherwise experience.

Advanced instruction
In science subjects like physics, mathematics, astronomy and biology allowing students to expand their understanding of complex concepts by strengthening the links between abstract ideas and practical applications.

Classroom enrichment
Video gives students the opportunity to travel to remote places outside the classroom walls without leaving school.

Accelerated learning
One-way streaming blended with other online methods of communicating is one of several ways of ensuring that learners can take the college-level courses they need.

Distance education
To make courses, lectures, and faculty accessible to populations in remote areas and also to students with disabilities or with physical impairments.

Global student collaboration
Video technologies can help students connect with peers located in different campuses and in different countries so that they can interact with different cultures, exchanging information and learning from each other.

Communications
Video can also be used to stream instructional/informational or entertainment related content at campus public areas such as cafeterias, auditoriums, and stadiums.

Professional development
Using video technologies has proven helpful for primary and secondary in training teachers when sharing resources, exchanging ideas, recording and evaluating themselves, and taking full advantage of professional development opportunities they might otherwise miss.