Utilizing Videos to Teach Children

In this modern day, the question most parents and teachers ask is not on how to get children to be more technology focused instead, the question is how to utilize such technology to educate the children. Experts believe that the use of videos early on to acquaint children with educational knowledge increases their understanding ability and makes them better prepared for learning. On the other hand, these same experts also allude to the fact that video learning can be too much especially at a tender age.

The following are the pros and cons of utilizing videos to teach children:

THE PROS

Video learning for children can:

Boost imagination:

One thing children love is animation and things that challenge their ability to think. Such things could be incorporated into videos to encourage the children to think beyond their environments and visualize scenarios. This further boosts their creative faculties and gets them more interested in the learning process.

Fine-tune motor skills:

for example, a how to video displaying how to color a giraffe or how to plant a flower helps the children to coordinate eye to hand movement. They can watch the videos as well as carry out the actions in the videos at the same time and this is a useful skill to have handy in future.

Saves time:

when teaching a class of over 20 students, you might not have the time at hand to periodically repeat steps and attend to the ones facing problems with understanding such steps. As a result, video utilizations becomes beneficial as the video can be looped to replay and if there is any problem, they just have to watch the video again to get it right.

THE CONS

The flipside of video utilization is

More technology focused, less people time:

although videos are interactive, they cannot judge the progress of children nor can they offer assistance when it is needed. Here, the children only have the screen to look at when faced with a problem and for little children; the act of interaction and human connection is needed to not only foster empathy and build social skills but to also have face to face fun. After all, the TV set is not human and does not display emotions and no educational software or video is on the same level as human tutors.

Less hands-on:

at a young age, children are particular to touching everything they come in contact with and this can be attributed to the fact that they are quite inquisitive at that age and that is they only way they get to know more about the world around them. Experiencing things like planting flowers manually or building a sandcastle is an experience that is better enjoyed in life and not from a monotonous video.

Over-stimulate:

the reason why parents regulate the sugar intake of young children is to prevent overstimulation but in the case of video learning, it is quite easy for the young child to be overwhelmed by all the things taking place in the video.

 

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