5 Quick Ways To Start Using Video In The Classroom

Integrating video into our classrooms can be a great way not only to get students more engaged in the material you’re presenting to them, but to get them using technology, giving and getting feedback, and tapping all parts of their brain while they learn.

Some Video Factoids You Should Know

  • YouTube is the #2 search engine. Seriously.
  • Humans are hard-wired for visual learning.
  • We pay attention to faces; increases believability.
  • Voice conveys rich information – just look at how classrooms have been set up for generations. Emphasis on voice!
  • Conveys emotions that we want to share with others
  • Movement grabs attention. Keep videos short and fast-paced.
  • The video watcher / learner is in control: fast/slow, rewind, skip, review, listen/watch

So how can you begin using video in your classroom? Here are a few of my favorite ideas:


Learn Anything… Together

YouTube is the world’s largest community of learners. Just ask for help and the world responds. There are tons of how- to videos, documentaries, and informational content out there.

Video Feedback Loops

You can use video to offer feedback to your students.

Student-Led Video Workshops

Use Google Hangouts (or other video chat interface) to bring the world to your classroom, and your classroom into the world.

Interactive Video = Active Learning

There are a number of tools out there to add engagement and track student learning with any online video.

Students as Producers

Use simple online video editors to create the videos, and then have your students enter video contests or use the videos for projects.

Work to ensure that video sites (like YouTube) are unblocked for classroom use. That’s always critical. In the meantime, tweet your successes with hashtag #videolearning

About the Author:
I am a national recognized leader in online learning and education media. In addition to my current work at an ed tech media startup, I produce a popular internet TV show for educators and frequently host interviews with a wide range of education experts. I have presented at CUE, ISTE, and regional ed tech conferences for over 15 years with tremendous success, and I have designed and led large scale ed tech training programs.