Today’s students are growing up with near constant access to visual media; most have cell phones and/or tablets and interact with video in some form every day. It follows, then, that teachers should use video in their classrooms to tap into this natural interest and learning preference to best meet the needs of their students. The National Teacher Training Institute states that “teachers who use instructional video report that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning.” Using video allows students to visualize content that is being taught which is especially useful when dealing with abstract concepts, things that are difficult to see in real life (such as convection currents in the Earth’s mantle), or to experience ancient cultures and places that no longer exist and/or are geographically far away.
I interviewed several of my colleagues about how and why they use video in the classroom. I was pleasantly surprised to hear their perspectives and how they all chose to focus on different aspects of video use in their teaching. Here is the video: