Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Video in the classroom

Wikipedia (2009) define video as the technology of electronically capturing, recording, processing, storing, transmitting, and reconstructing a sequence of still images representing scenes in motion. Learning Managers can utilise videos in the classroom through Teachertube, Youtube or even moviemaker to enhance the learning experiences. Teachers who have used video as part of their instruction, report that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning (National Teacher Training Institute, 2009) .

Videos can be used in conjunction with other resources to create meaningful lessons that engage with all the senses. The images and music can create an atmosphere, which inspires discussion and critical thinking, helps students dismantle stereotypes, can show things that cannot be done in the classroom and can bring history, art, music and plays to the classroom. With video as part of a thoughtful lesson plan, students will make new connections, and discover links between topics and the world outside the classroom (NTTI, 2009). Learning Managers should be aware of the copyright issues, for information about Public Performance Rights and the copyright issues concerning using video in the classroom, see the article, Can These Videos Be Shown in a Classroom or Library Setting?

Using videos as part of the learning will engage and enhance the learning experience for all the students. Videos provides students with visual and auditory information that is eventually stored in the long-term memory according to Cooper's (1998) cognitivism model. Research from the 3M corporation (2001, as cited in Frey & Fisher, 2007) indicates that the human brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than test. By using videos Learning Managers can speed up our students learning process 60,000 times.


National Teacher Training Institute (2009). Video Strategies: Why use video in the classroom?. Retrieved 11 August, 2009 from, http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/ntti/resources/video1.html

Frey, N., & Fisher, D. (2007) Teaching visual literacy: Using comic books, graphic novels, cartoons and more to develop comprehension and thinking skills. Retrieved July 30, 2009 from http://www.visualliteracies/teaching/comics/novels/cartoons.html

Wikipedia. (2009) Video. Retrieved 12 August 2009 from, http://en.wikipedia.org/video/

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