Integrating Videos as an Engagement Tool for Students and Teachers

Integrating Videos as an Engagement Tool for Students and Teachers

Integrating Videos as an Engagement Tool for Students and Teachers: sponsored post by study.com

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Since the exponential growth of mobile devices and other technologies, students from ages five to sixteen have spent six hours or more per day in front of a screen, including TVs, tablets, smartphones, and computers. Experts have different opinions on how much screen time is helpful or harmful for children, and how much should be allowed at various stages of development. One thing the experts agree on, however, is that as much of that screen time as possible should be spent on high-quality, educational content.

Today’s young students are accustomed to viewing video content anywhere and anytime. In fact, most elementary school students are younger than the iPhone and have grown up watching videos on their (or their parents’) smartphones and tablets. Incorporating videos into the elementary school classroom is a natural extension of this visual component of modern culture, especially for the “YouTube generation.” More specifically, teachers can make use of videos as highly engaging tools to improve instruction and capture student interest, in addition to using other traditional teaching methods. Teachers can also use videos to further their own professional development and training, which will in turn benefit their students.

Finding and Incorporating the Best Video Content in the Elementary School Classroom

For teachers concerned about finding appropriate educational content or feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of options, Study.com is a provider of high quality educational multimedia content that comes with a robust set of tools for teachers to use in and out of the classroom. Study.com videos make elementary school classrooms more interactive by using animation and visuals to help students better understand the concepts that are being taught. The database has over 15,000+ videos in subjects ranging from math to social studies to English language arts.

Elementary school students often have a shorter attention span than older students, so chunking material and varying instruction techniques by using engaging videos may help them stay focused. To this end, most of Study.com’s videos last 5 – 8 minutes—long enough to explore a topic in some depth, but short enough so as not to overwhelm young students with too much information at once. In addition, videos are particularly helpful for audiovisual learners who might not respond as well to lectures, textbooks, or group work.

In his TED Talk 'Let's use video to reinvent education,'  Salman Khan discusses how video can be part of the flipped classroom model, enabling students to learn at their own pace and work through educational content in their own way. For the youngest students who may not have the maturity for this kind of learning or require more guidance, videos can serve to help flip lessons rather than classrooms, which becomes a tool in the learning process rather than a cornerstone of it.

Using Video Content Outside of the Classroom

While much of the school day may be dedicated to group work and other projects that must be completed in person, students’ after school programs and homework assignments can also incorporate videos for students to watch on their own. In addition to videos for supplemental learning, Study.com offers a plethora of online lessons as well as built-in assessment tools like gamified quizzes for students to complete. Teachers can assign at-home lessons and analyze the results of student assessments, enabling them to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tweak lesson plans accordingly.

In addition, when educational videos are brought into the home, parents can also engage more deeply with their young child’s education and can help with homework more easily. Study.com videos also offer on-the-go access for phones and tablets, catering to the busy lifestyles of students, parents, and teachers.

Using Video Content for Elementary Teachers’ Professional Development

Videos aren’t just for elementary students—video instruction can be helpful for teachers, too! Almost all teachers are required to take some form of teacher certification exam, and Study.com aims to provide the most robust preparation materials to help them succeed. Video lessons related to certification exams are great for both aspiring teachers aiming to get their credential and current teachers who are looking to expand their certifications to new grade-levels, subjects, and more. Study.com offers preparation materials for national exams like Praxis, as well as state-specific exams like FTCE, TExES, and more.

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