Educational videos are a great way to supplement the work you do in the classroom by providing a new look at the content you are presenting. Educational video can really broaden your student’s horizons and help them better understand complex ideas. However, not all educational videos are created equal. In order for an educational video to be effective, there are certain components that it should have. Here’s what makes a really good educational video.
The most important thing an educational video should have is that the viewer should be able to connect with it or insert themselves into what is happening in some way. If the video is presented in a straight lecture format, the viewer is much more likely to ‘zone out’, and likely won’t retain the information presented. In many cases, effective educational videos are presented as a dialogue instead of a monologue. They’ll have one person educating the other, solving a problem or presenting new information. They’ll also highlight common misconceptions that viewers may have and correct them. This is most effective because the viewer can insert themselves into the video in a way, which makes it seem more relevant.
Additionally, it is important for the video to have some entertaining components to keep the viewer engaged. Humor is very effective, but any innovative concepts that fit with the content being presented will work well. Having the information delivered in a tone that is quirky or unique is also a good way to retain the viewer’s attention. The entertainment value doesn’t have to be over the top or cheesy, however – this can actually detract from a video’s effectiveness.
It is also important that the video does not bombard the viewer with information. If information is presented too quickly or in a way that is too overwhelming or complicated, the viewer is not likely to retain any of it, and they may just tune out as soon if they lose focus at any point. To present information effectively, the video should slowly introduce new ideas one at a time, then explain them in a way that is easy to digest before moving on to the next one.
Finally, great quality graphics and footage can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of the video as well. Nowadays, there are many tools available to help you create a high quality video. It doesn’t have to be flashy, but having clips that are well-filmed, as well as graphics and text to help explain important concepts, gives your video a very professional appearance that will set it apart from others.
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