When you are trying to learn how to cook a dish, what would be the easiest way to learn? Would it be helpful to see the list of ingredients and instructions on how to cook the dish, or would it be a lot easier if you see a video to demonstrate how to cook the specific dish that interests you?
Many of the troubleshooting needs of individuals are now available online. Those who prefer to watch an actual demonstration of how to fix or make something are easily learned through videos. Indeed, video recording has been one of the best assistant for teachers and other professions as well.
There are many ways that a teacher can use the video to teach both children and adults. Human beings learn best by imitation through visual appreciation or observation. As such, utilization of this medium will greatly help teachers in teaching lessons for the day. However, the teacher should take the following steps in making sure that the video he or she integrates in the teaching session is appropriate and relevant:
Check the lesson plan for the day. It is essential that the teacher does not choose videos for class presentation for convenience. It is vital that the video presented to the class relates to the current topic. For instance, if the topic for the day is about the role of preserving the environment in preserving human existence, then it should show as such.
Source out videos. There are online videos that the teacher can download. These videos should be watched by the teacher in full before deciding to show to the class. Descriptions and annotations should be present even if downloaded videos do not have them.
Create Videos. Conferences, training and seminars that the teacher has attended may also be recorded for future references. Such training and seminars are usually recorded and may be available upon request in a school library. If the full video is too long, the part that is related to the subject matter being discussed should be captured and presented accordingly.
When the teacher has prepared all the materials that he or she will need to present to the class, he should be careful in presenting the video. It should not be the focus of the lesson, but instead it should entice participation and achievement of the day’s lesson’s objectives. The following phase should be observed to achieve retention and critical thinking skills:
Preview of the video. Before presenting the video to the class, the teacher should be able to provide a short preview of the video. In the preview, she should also describe what the video is all about and its relation to the lesson. There should also be instructions as to the next activities that will follow for transition of video viewing to the discussion part.
Viewing Phase. During this phase, the teacher should go around the classroom and look out for someone who may not be interested. The attention of such student should not be called during this phase. However, if the student is keeping others from focusing on watching the video, the student should be asked to sit in the front or be requested to go out.
Post-Viewing Phase. After the class has seen the entire video, an activity may follow. This could be in the form of group discussion to synthesize the concept discussed in the video. Students can form their own small groups, discuss important points of the video amongst themselves, then discuss openly with the entire class with the teacher as the facilitator. The student who was not focused on watching the video may be asked first hand as to why he thinks the video is not interesting. This should not be addressed as a fault of the student, but a point to remember on the uniqueness of each learner. The reason for not focusing on the video being watched should be noted and evaluated as to its impact on the choice of the teacher when it comes to sourcing out related videos.
In cases where there is limited time for a video, the teacher can provide a link to the students where they can watch the video at home. A reaction paper or questions to answer can be provided to ensure that each student watch the video assigned.
This process of using video in augmenting teaching can help the students in learning at home, should classes be suspended during extreme weather conditions or any other force of nature. Learning doesn’t have to stop because the weather is not good. It is a continuous process.