In the videos, I spoke to five educators that use videos as part of their instruction. During the interviews, I asked the teachers what did they see as an advantage to using the videos in their content area. Each teacher shared different advantages of using hypermedia in their lessons. In the article “Video Strategies,” the author writes “teachers who use instructional video report that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning” (NTTI, nd.). This is similar to what the teachers state in my interview with them.
The article also mentions that “video is uniquely suited to take students on impossible field trips” (NTTI, nd.). Miss Manweiler mentions in the interview that she shows her seventh grade science class a video that shows cells dividing rather than watching the process over several days. Mrs. Miller likes to show videos that can take the students to the events they are learning about in history. The language arts teachers use the videos to teach different concepts like setting or the plot of a story. Miss Mason adds that the videos help to keep the students engaged in the learning when she uses the videos as part of her instruction.
I have also used videos as part of my instruction in science and social studies. In science, it helps to explain the difficult topics visually for the students. I have added music videos as a way to get the students to sing the parts of an atom using the Addams Family Theme song. It a catchy tune that the students love to sing as they are learning. In social studies, I use the videos to take students on field trips to places they have studied. The students and I enjoy the series “Digging for the Truth” by the History Channel. Each of the episodes take the viewers to the remote parts to discover the truth behind the mystery.
In the Edtechteacher article, the author writes that “classroom video projects teach students to plan, organize, write, communicate, collaborate, and analyze” (2017). I have incorporated two different types of videos that the students create in my classroom. I have used Paper Slides videos in science as a way to review content for a test. Each group creates a video that covers a different topic from the unit. The videos showcase a series of illustrations they have drawn and a narration of the content by the students. The students are engaged in the activity because it is something new and different. Another video that I’ve used was a stop action video. After teaching the students the Three Laws of Motion, the students were organized into teams. Each team had to show a series of moves that illustrates the three laws. This activity is also highly engaging and it is another way that students can demonstrate their understanding of the three laws.
In conclusion, videos in the classroom help students retain information, understand difficult material, reaches different learning styles, and it is engaging to the students. I feel that using videos is a highly effective teaching tool for the students. It gives the teacher another way to engage the students to learn.
(2017). Videos in the classroom. Edtechteacher. Retrieved from: http://edtechteacher.org/tools/multimedia/video-classroom/.
(nd.). Video strategies. National Teacher Training Institute. Retrieved from: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/ntti/resources/video1.html.