Videos can be effectively utilised in the classroom as a teaching aid and enhancement. It is an engaging tool which generates excitement and energy. According to the Library Video Company (1998-2009) "video taps into emotions which stimulate and enthrall students, and it provides an innovative and effective means for educators to address the curricular concepts." Videos can be a powerful medium for conveying information. Also, through the use of sight and sound, visual and auditory learners are catered for (Birmingham City Council. 2002-2009).
I personally have found video to work effectively in classroom instruction. Here is an example of a youtube clip which I used as the hook for a lesson last year in my prac, in a grade 7/6 class.
The learners loved the clip and I could see that it really began to spark their thinking. It hooked them into the lesson and after watching it, they were excited to learn. The lesson was a great success mainly due to the fantastic engaging beginning. In another class for prac at the beginning of this year, I had a science lesson prepared about weather, to do with wind and air. I used an animated video from youtube about 'The Three Little Pigs'. The learners knew the story but they loved seeing it visually with great colourful animations. In the follow up lesson, the learners completed an experiment. Their experiments weren't as effective as they could have been so I found a video on teachertube of the same experiment and the learners were able to see what should have happened if conditions had been have better. Also, in another science unit about life cycles, I began the lesson through showing 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' book as an animation video clip. I decided to use the video of the story, rather than reading the story myself, because the lessons I had taken prior to this lesson, had included the reading of stories so I just wanted to do something a little bit different. So, you could say that I make use of videos in my lessons!
Learning managers can create videos based specifically upon a particular topic for their learners. If the video isn't already available online, this is a great method to create a hook which can be changed and added to, depending on the diversity of the learners. Learners themselves can create their own videos related to a specific topic. This is possible through a MovieMaker tool, or learners could even video themselves. For example, learners could write a weather report and then film themselves for the news.
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Birmingham City Council. (2002-2009). Multiple Intelligences. Retrieved August 14, 2009, from
Library Video Company. (1998-2009). Using Video in the Classroom. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=3967690827353692450&postID=5919394235803931933