Monday, April 13, 2009

Video Is Coming To Your Classroom

I can see in the near future when students will search for and view videos related to content they want to learn about, when they need it and not when we feel like teaching it. If you haven't paid much attention to Teacher Tube and You Tube before, you had better familiarise yourself with them quickly. There are so many good tutorials appearing on these sites now that you can use in your classroom. If you have problems viewing You Tube at school there are various tools such as Keepvid and FLV Player to help you. There are many advantages to saving your lessons as video tutorials. How many times in your life have your taught that fractions lesson to Year 6? You can almost do it in your sleep, so why not share it with other people and have it as a resource to pull out once a year. You can do the lesson well once on video and keep it for future use. A little more work at first certainly, but you will have it very ever. Kids who are having trouble understanding the concept can watch it several times until "the penny drops". There are many students who have not been served well by traditional classroom instruction who are going to benefit from this change. Remember when you missed school for a week because of illness and missed learning a whole topic in Math, never to really catch up? If you are a visual learner like me, the advantages are obvious. I have been slowly working through Tomaz Lazic's Moodle video tutorials and I must say it is my prefered way to learn what I need to learn. And that is a key point. We learn things when we need to learn them, not when someone teaches us. As Winston Churchill said, "I like learning but I don't always like being taught". It is also a great way to help kids revise for exams. If you don't believe it is going to happen soon in the primary classroom, look at what has taken place in higher education. Most univerities offer lectures in video format.
Let's face it. Most of us are digital dinosaurs. We grew up in the pre-digital age while the kids we teach have been born into it. We are going to have to get with it. So how do you do it? A simple way is to use free software like Cam Studio which allows you to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and and save it as a video. So you really don't need a video camera really at all. Start by visiting Teacher Tube and looking at how others have done it. And it is not such a new thing after all. Have a look at Ma and Pa Kettle's Maths instruction video for a laugh. One of my old favourites that I have shown many kids over the years, Donald in Mathmagicland is also worth a look. Why didn't I present this information in video format? Good question. I will work on it.

1 comment:

  1. HI,My name is Rudaiba and I teach learners between the ages of 1-6 years. I run a preschool in South africa and found your teaching views on video recording an excellent idea. Thank you for sharing it with us.