It’s become a well-known fact that the human brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text; it’s one of the major reasons why so much of our technology gains were made after the advent of media, video and design. And although this surge of data can be overwhelming, it is a fact that there is no better way to present (or teach) a complex subject than through visual aids, whether they be photographs, infographics, or video.
For those considering adding more visual aids to their teaching curriculum, there is a strong argument for using video in the classroom. But this isn’t your old school classroom video, where the large TV and VHS was rolled in on those special days—today, video can be a real learning tool, helpful for not only teaching, but also for creating an engaging environment for learning.
Why should I use video in the classroom?
In addition to how fast the brain can process information from visual forms, we must also concede that, according to the Social Science Network, 65 percent of us are visual learners—meaning we absorb information better in a visual state. But that’s not the only reason to incorporate video into your syllabus; there are a number of benefits you might see after doing so.
Benefits of Using Video in the Classroom
1. Engage All Learning Styles
With video learning, you can easily reach those 65 percent of your students who are visual learners, and with incorporated activities and associated reading, theoretically engage all of them. By providing video as one avenue in a session, your likelihood of engaging all students—regardless of their learning preference—is much higher.
2. Save Time
What if you didn’t have to spend time preparing a substitute before you took time off? What if you had an option to teach multiple classes with one lecture? In both of these situations, video can be a time-saver and problem solver, but it doesn’t have to be a mindless activity. Video your next lecture for your classroom and then use your time to reinforce the lessons in the video.
3. Boost Engagement
With video lessons, students can learn at their own pace, but also provide a different kind of feedback. In addition to classroom software that “gamifies” learning, consider having your students make their own video, instead of a book report or science project. Not only can you provide a creativity boost, but your students are likely to be more engaged as they work through various aspects of the project—from research, to video development and outline, up to the final presentation.
4. Include Parents
It’s not often that parents can come into the classroom to see how you teach or how it works, but with a video option, parents can become more engaged as well. Especially during times of illness or, as in recent months, a larger health issue, video is a great way for parents to see what their child is learning and how, and step in behind the scenes to help reinforce new ideas and lessons.
5. Long-Term Learning
Because visuals are stored in the area of the brain that services long-term memory, it is easier for us to retain information once we’ve seen it visually. So if there’s something you want to make sure drives as deep as possible, consider using some sort of video or visual to get that idea across.
How to Use Video in the Classroom
In addition to your standard incorporation, there are a number of ways to use video in the classroom. Here are a few ideas of ways you can bring video into your curriculum to boost engagement and learning.
1. Absences or Remote Learning
As we mentioned above, the need for remote learning these days is high, as well as continued education among potential absences. With more video, your classroom becomes larger than four walls, and you can share in a digital experience no matter where you are, or where your student is located. If you’re not on board with recording every lesson, consider incorporating a camera into your classroom that can be accessed remotely—that way, your in-person teaching can become a live streaming session for absent or at-home, virtual learners, but no lessons will have to be missed.
2. Pre-Planned Lectures
If you know you’re going to be out of the office for a while,, consider creating a video lecture or teaching from home with a web camera for your students to follow along. Not only will this prevent the “substitute lag” that comes with teacher absences, but can also keep your classroom routine in place, no matter what else is going on.
3. Explainer Videos
Sure, you don’t want your class to get all their information online, but the value of the YouTube Linked Lesson (YTLL) is a rising star when it comes to setting the stage for a complex subject. But you don’t have to only use YouTube; whether it’s a video about the origins of the Revolutionary War or a 3D illustrated dive into the human circulatory system, video offers a lot of engagement opportunities that you just can’t get from a book.
5. Global Learning
With video comes the opportunity for global connectivity, and with that comes a lot of opportunities for students to learn from subject experts. Learning about salamanders? Find an online herpetologist for a virtual lesson. Exploring space? Watch the SpaceX launch with commentary from SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Learning about Japanese culture? Connect with a Japanese student or teacher who can come to your room via the internet. There are so many options available in this world, and through video and online learning, your classroom has access to many of them.
Best technology options for video in the classroom.
When it comes to actually bringing video into your classroom, there are a number of display options, even outside your standard TV and VCR combo, or Zoom classroom, although there are two major options for anyone considering making their classroom truly video-friendly.
Interactive Whiteboard and Projector
An interactive whiteboard is a whiteboard where an image is typically produced by a computer hooked up to a connected projector, and built with the capability of motion sensors, making them interactive. While there is some limitation in terms of connectivity and software accessibility, an interactive whiteboard can typically reproduce on a larger scale anything you can pull up on a laptop or connected desktop. However, if video is going to be a large part of what you do, consider adding a camera as well, so you can have some sort of recordable space in your classroom.
Interactive Flat Panel Display
An interactive flat panel display resembles a large-screen, high-definition television, but with the added interactivity of having a touchscreen, creates a truly hands-on, HD experience. Additionally, many interactive displays can incorporate software solutions and accessories like cameras, which can take your classroom anywhere that the internet can go. As an example for virtual learning, with a Clear Touch® interactive display with a web camera, you can not only record or share what is on screen, but also record yourself teaching, and save it as one file so the kids can both see you and see what you are doing live or later.
If you’re considering bringing video into your school or classroom—whatever your reasons for doing so, we at Clear Touch® are always here to help you along your path. For more information on what our interactive panels and included software and accessories can do for you, schedule a demo with us to find out more about the solutions we offer to bring interactivity to your classroom.