Effective educational video starts with the students.
If your classrooms are anything like mine over the past 8 months, the amount of video required in the “remote learning” (or whatever you call this) environment has gone way up.
If your classrooms are anything like mine you are somewhat disappointed in the level of student participation with and effectiveness of that video.
For teachers who have been using flipped classroom and digital classroom methods prior to the past eight months, this is not particularly surprising.
One of the biggest surprises I had a few years ago when I transitioned to the flipped learning method was how poorly and ineffectively students used and learned from videos. The answer to this of course lies in the fact that students are well trained to live in a visual world, but they have been trained that video exists to occupy and entertain rather than educate. To be fair there have been video creators that for half a century have been creating video for learning from Mr. Rodgers and Sesame Street to McGruff the crime dog and Smokey the Bear. In the cases of Mr. Rodgers and Sesame Street some very smart people put a great deal of thought and planning into how to acclimate and attenuate the expectations of the children to the genre of video learning that they offered. Likewise if we as educators expect students to approach our video and digital content with appropriate expectations and habits we must train them to do so.
Join me for the second entry in our Digital Classroom Tools series as we address how to help students “Watch for information”
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