As the digital revolution has changed the way we interact, socialize, and connect, it also has affected the way we learn. With wireless technology present in most aspects of our daily lives, it’s increasingly harder to imagine it won’t become a key tool for education. Yet parents and educators have consistently expressed caution with the onset of technological devices in children’s lives, alleging that technology contributed to distraction, dependency, and isolation. Although recreationally this may be true, videos that possess learning value for the classroom are finding growing acceptance. In many cases, they’re a positive contribution and a teacher’s best ally. Here’s why.
Videos are made for everybody
Interactive videos and apps are a great way to reach different learning styles. Whether it be various levels of comprehension or learning acquisition styles among students, video is great for incorporating all types of learners (especially visual learners), without having to funnel students into one learning curve. The sky’s the limit in terms of creating exercises that cater to students’ diverse learning abilities.
Teacher roles make positive shifts
Using or creating videos allows to break the classic passive learning model, where the transfer of information is unidirectional (teacher to student). When an educator creates a video or designs an interactive activity for students to participate in, the teacher’s role is radically changed. With the presence of technology in the classroom, the teacher now becomes a motivator, adviser, and facilitator for learning.
The result of greater learning independence in students not only has benefits within the classroom, but in real world environments as well. Children have the ability to acquire the ‘know-how’ that is increasingly important in daily life situations where technology has a constant presence. In a way, this provides students with a new skill by becoming familiar with the use of wireless programs or applications. Moreover, as multimedia becomes more and more prominent in everyday life, students may even equally find the need to communicate through imagery and written word.
Fun and Interactive incentives
Videos are excellent resources to build and maintain classroom engagement. Students love technology – once they see the possibility to use it in class, they become excited and more ready to learn. On top of increasing participation, using video also promotes a creative flow within the class – regardless if they’re using their imagination to shape-up concepts, or to create their own work, students will be able to experiment within an educational context. This article explains the various ways you can create videos or assign video-making tasks to students to boost classroom enthusiasm.
Connecting the dots
Wireless technology allows students to access and consult up-to-date information, or research topics with ease. By including this in a video project, these activities help students be more proactive and have more say over their own learning. By engaging students in problem-solving, they are part of a decision-making process and learn to plan, organize, communicate and collaborate with others.
Using video in the classroom doesn’t mean utilizing a teaching substitute, but rather having a very useful aid for a variety of teaching needs. It is perfectly suited for taking students around the world to meet new cultures and ideas, illustrate abstract concepts with animated images, explain experiments or procedures, or bring music, literature, and even science benchmarks from history into the classroom. Moreover, it provides a common experience for students to discuss, and more than often one that leaves a lasting impression.