How To Guide

If you’ve never used video in the classroom before, consider adding it to your teaching routine. There are many benefits to using video as an educational tool – it helps bring new concepts to life, it’s entertaining and engaging, and it can help students retain information more effectively. No matter what type of educator you are, video can actually have huge benefits when used as an educational tool. Here’s how to use video in the classroom effectively.

Find the right video.

First, you need to choose the type of segments that you will use for your classroom. Not all educational video is created equal, and you may have to review several different options before you find one that is a good fit for your needs. Consider the age of your students and any other relevant demographics – the content should be appropriate for their comprehension level. You’ll also want to make sure the video is enjoyable and will keep students engaged.

Decide how you are going to use it in the lesson.

There are different ways that you can use a video in a lesson. You may decide to show parts of the video in segments as you teach, or you may decide to play it all the way through. When you are showing video, it is important to explain to students how it relates to what they are learning, and stop to clarify concepts or add detail if necessary. You may also decide to give students a guided note-taking assignment to keep them engaged.

Highlight the important parts.

In any video that you present, there are going to be important main ideas that you’ll want to feature. Highlight these sections of the video by telling your students to watch for them before showing the clip, or by having a discussion with them after the video is over. Although these concepts might be presented prominently in the video, it is helpful to both you and your students to underscore their importance by talking about them.

Give an assignment that relates directly to the video.

To help students really retain what they’ve learned, it helps to give them an assignment that connects to the concepts that they’ve just viewed. This should be something that they can work on outside of class or on their own, so that it gets their brains thinking actively about the concepts instead of just following along. This could be anything from trying a new experiment or activity to writing a reflection paper – whatever makes the most sense for the assignment.

Have students watch more video on their own.

It can also be very beneficial to have students watch video on their own. This is a great supplemental activity if you don’t have time to watch video in class or if you want to get students thinking about an additional concept. There’s plenty of video available online, which makes this assignment very easy to add to your class.