Why to Use Videos in Your Classroom

Should you use videos in your classroom?

Even today, many teachers consider watching videos as a passive activity, and it hampers academic achievement. However, if you are teaching the generation M, you should consider integrating videos with your lessons.

Visual media is the medium of choice for 8 to 18 year olds. Videos provide students with visually-compelling access to information which student might miss if taught solely with printed material.  Moreover, students can recollect only 10% of what they read, where as they can recollect 50% of what they hear and see.  This makes videos a stronger mode for classroom learning.


Studies that support the use of learning videos

  1. Rockman et al. (2006) studied the impact of watching “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. They found that the students who watched the program could explain scientific concepts better after viewing the show.

  2. Similarly, Fisch (2003) studied the impact of the program Cyberchase over kids’ mathematical skills. It found that viewers could produce more sophisticated solutions as compared to the non-viewers.

  3. A survey by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (2004) found positive relationships between childhood viewing of educational television and their cognitive performance at preschool and college levels.

  4. As per Barron (1989), use of videos results in improved vocabulary use, greater understanding of plot and increases their ability to draw inferences.

Moreover, among teachers who have used TV or video for more than two hours per week, about two-third observed that students learned more when TV or video is used, and close to 70% have reported increase in student motivation.


Benefits of using videos in your classroom

  • Videos reinforce learning

  • Videos aid in development of a common knowledge base in the class

  • Videos enhance student comprehension and discussions

  • Videos provide greater accommodation of diverse learning styles

  • Videos increase motivation and enthusiasm

  • Videos promote teacher effectiveness

Learning outcomes can be greatly enhanced by integrating videos into the curriculum. However, their value depends on how you use it your classroom. Moreover, you should be selective about the videos your use. The success of video instruction depends largely on the quality of its content.


How to evaluate learning videos

Denning offers the following suggestions for evevaluating learning videos

  • Presentation should vary during the course of the video

  • It should have an element of humor

  • Narration should be age-appropriate,

  • It should be organized in sections

  • There should be provision of meaningful examples

  • It should pose open-ended questions

  • Create opportunities to carry out individual thinking

  • It should have opportunities for extension, and so on…

Remember, your videos would become less effective if they rely too much on ‘talking-heads’ style of conveying information or convey information without backing them up with physical evidence.

Videos convey information that is both auditory and visual, so these two modes must work in concert with each other. Overly-dramatic sound tracks, disconnected visuals and narration and excessive use of still frames and slides can undermine the effectiveness of the lesson.

Do you use videos in your classroom? How is your experience? Please share with us, we’d love to know.

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