Online Video Increasingly Used as a Teaching Aid | Education News by S.D. Lawrence (April 30, 2012)
Online Video is increasingly being used in the classroom. YouTube is being blocked in many school districts yet. What are some sites you use to find educational videos for teaching aids?
I've been using Educreations. It's very basic and easy to use, and if I put instrumental music with the lessons the students love it. They watch it on an ipad at their own pace, so they can pause to copy a screen of notes if they need too.
Any suggestions for other aids to find or create videos?
I like basic and easy. And free! :-) I can see math teachers using this resource, Educreations, to capture daily examples for later review, art teachers using this resource to capture paintings for a class discussion, and WOW, how about coaches using this resource to share diagrams of football plays. Since you can decide who may see your video this makes our iPads very useful.
There is also the option to use a video shared by other teachers for a class presentation. Kind of like having a guest speaker support a topic you are teaching that day.
If anyone has used his resource, I'd really like to hear about your personal experience and thoughts and what your students thought. Did it make a difference in your teaching and their learning. Thank you for sharing here, Susanne.
Are their any other suggested resources that you all use frequently? Might be interesting to hear how your compare yours with this resource or others. Of course, the one we know is often the best, but for those still seeking a resource to create videos for our classes, this discussion is very valuable. And summer is a great time to play and store some videos to start the school year.
Unless you are a true technophobe, I know you have heard of Sal Khan and his Khan Academy with over 3,200 YouTube educational videos to watch and learn almost anything. Sal sparked a debate among educators about the effectiveness of online videos. And, yes, I know, some schools do not allow access to YouTube videos.
We have millions of great teachers though who can be a Sal Khan to their students and create videos for topics with which their students struggle. Educreations Ipad app is a free app at iTUNES. It isn't the first recordable whiteboard application developed for the iPad (there is ShowMe and ScreenChomp); however, it appears to be the easiest to use.
What do you think? Is online video the way to go? Does it improve student learning? How do you use online video in your teaching?
I love the Khan videos. There are several videos that I have found to explain complex political concepts to my middle school students in a way that is more concise and clear than I am able to do myself. I don't use them every day (because I think that they would lose their effectiveness). I use short ones every two weeks or so. I do encourage my students to look at them for topics/subjects that they are interested in learning more about.
I like that you aren't using videos in a way to decrease their effectiveness, Karen. I'm sure your students look forward to your selections. But, I'm even more impressed that you are teaching them to be life-long learners. We don't have to learn everything during school hours. You are using their natural curiosity to broaden their learning. Way to go!
Teachers may like trying Study Egg with their students. It's a free site that offers quiz questions with video support from Khan Academy videos, MIT OpenCourseWare, TED Ed videos.
Pick a topic that you want to learn about in the library of videos. Each video has a a series of questions attached to it. When you answer a question, Study Egg will immediately indicate if you answered it correctly or not. It's a great way to review information and assess your own learning.
I agree with you, the videos available from United Streaming through Discovery Education are excellent resources for teachers in grades K-12. The school division where I taught had access to a free license for 10 years as a result of piloting some of the videos and quizzes with our middle school students.
The Discovery Education website offers many free resources, but for those interested in obtaining a school or district license to access the video library, they can contact Discovery Education at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/contact-us/ for cost information.
Thanks for sharing this great site for educational videos.
Check out Schools World.tv as an alternative site to YouTube. This free site offers hundreds of educational videos for students including a mix of instructional videos, mini-documentaries, and demonstration videos. A search feature allows you to locate a video by subject area. In addition, each video is accompanied by a short overview of its key points and a list of key terms.
Because embed codes are not available for SchoolsWorld.tv videos, your students can only view the videos on the Internet site.
What do you think of these videos for classroom instruction?
I use www.screencastomatic.com as a resource for making short instructional videos for my students. Then I post the links to my classroom website so that students can use these videos for flipped learning.
I find this an easy tool to use plus there is a free option and a low cost updated option. Students can comment on the screencast page itself so that you can have discussions about the video, and these activities demonstrate many of the Common Core skills required for Language Arts Literacy. You can even upload videos to You Tube directly!
Thanks, Cynthia, for this suggestion. I like the fact that this site makes creating videos so easy for using with flipped learning. We have several good discussions/blogs in the Community regarding flipping classrooms that you might enjoy reading.
Please share your experiences with flipped learning?
Your sharing of Screencast-O-Matic - Free online screen recorder for instant screen capture video sharing. sparked a reminder for me. If you haven't heard of Explore Lessons | LearnZillion, it is definitely worth your visit if you are a math or ELA teacher. All the lessons within this site are created by teachers from the classroom using Screencastomatic and all are aligned to the Common Core Standards.
You can use these videos either for flipping the classroom or developing student understanding in the classroom. You are provided opportunities in the videos to pause and think about the questions posed or try to solve a problem using whatever strategy works best for the student.
Are any of you LearnZillion lesson creators or have you used the LearnZillion lessons in your classroom? If so, please share your work as a creator or as a user of lessons. It would be great to hear how they are helping students.