Video also allows students to take in content at their own pace. They can pause, reflect, rewind and playback video to ensure that they truly understand concepts. Lifelearn identifies improved comprehension and increased retention as two critical benefits of using video.
Given these benefits we need to seriously consider how we can make effective use of this medium in our practice. There are two well known models for using video in instruction. The first and more traditional modality is whole class viewing, where the class views projected video. In this modality the teacher pauses the video to assess students' comprehension of the content or to get them to reflect on what they're viewing. The second is the flipped classroom modality, where students view the video before or after class to either introduce new content or to reinforce what was taught.
Either modality should require students to think critically about what they view. This requires both active and reactive viewing. Active viewing means that students engage in key processes such as analysing, identifying, comparing, contrasting and reflecting on both content and the way it is presented. This is opposite to passive viewing where students are being “exposed” to content but are not engaged at any critical level. Reactive viewing means that students are engaged in meaningful dialogue about what they are viewing and are likely to develop responses based on that type of interaction.
Vialogues is a community of learners using video to ignite discussion. Get started by exploring our collection of thought-provoking video discussions or host your own and invite others to join you. Vialogues is a platform that provides an easy and safe way to create discussions around online videos. Teachers can initiate engaging converstaions among students about what is viewed. They can also pose essential questions at critical points in the video to encourage students to think critically.
EDpuzzle: Take already existing videos from Youtube, Khan Academy, Crash Course, etc. or upload your own. Enable self-paced learning with interactive lessons, add your voice and questions along the video. Instead of starting a video with an essential question, add them throughout a video using EDPuzzle's audio track or comment features. Link to your Google groups and classrooms. Know if your students are watching your videos, how many times and see the answers they give.
MediaBreaker is a video editor which enables you to remix – or break – a variety of media, such as commercials, news clips, music videos and more. Give students an authentic reason to watch and understand videos by having them remix a video using MediaBreaker.
Playposit is a simple tool adds interactivity and formative assessment to videos. You can assess students while they view videos to ensure their comprehension of video content.