Educational Videos Bring Learning Home
When you think educational videos you’re probably thinking something like this:
In reality, when you hear educational videos, you should be thinking of this:
Students are turning more and more to educational videos online as a way to interact with their course materials at home. Whether it’s a teacher’s recordings of lecture, a student’s taping from a cell phone of an anatomy lesson, or an outside source’s explanation of how to do the Pythagorean theorem, students are using the audio and visual capabilities that come with video recordings to enhance their learning experience, and with good reason.
This recent phenomena is called the Khan Academy effect, and about 1/3 of students are participating in this trend. If you don’t know, Khan Academy is a non-profit created to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. The organization has classes in virtually every subject, and these lessons include pictures, text, and you guessed it, video. The courses are constructed and taught by true professionals and experts in the field, many of which have obtained doctoral degrees. These educational videos can be accessed at no cost, making it a great addition to any student’s study routine.
Since its creation in 2006, Khan Academy has inspired students to take up learning outside of school as well. In this article, fifth-grader Matthew has taught himself trigonometry at home after learning about Khan Academy at school. The programs are designed for students to work at their own pace, so accelerated learning students can zoom ahead at their own speed while average or lower-paced learners can work at a pace that works for them. This also proves extremely effective for teachers, who can monitor what their students are learning. By doing so, a teacher can see the exact moment a student gets stuck.
With education being impacted by governmental programs like No Child Left Behind and Common Core, technology like Khan Academy can be a step in the direction of progress for all students. A large concern with these programs is that it doesn’t provide enough support for students with special needs or learning disabilities. These programs focus on keeping all students on an even playing field, but for some students, keeping up isn’t possible. As a result, these students are at a higher risk of being left in the dust. With educational videos and tools like Khan Academy and YouTube, students now have multiple ways to learn the same material, can work at their own speed with teacher supervision and support, and have the ability to access this information from anywhere.
Educational videos aren’t only beneficial for students. Teachers are seeing the perks as well. According to Tomorrow.org, 46% of teachers use videos in the classroom to enhance the curriculum, and 23% of all students are accessing videos created by their educators to practice classwork in their free time.
The use of educational videos is invaluable. Not only does is serve as a support to classroom curriculum and work well for visual and auditory learners, its stop and rewind features allow teachers to emphasize key concepts to students. If a video is shown in the classroom, the teacher can stop to speak with the students and elaborate, or teachers can rewind to ensure that a point is reiterated. If a student is watching educational videos at home, he can pause to write notes or look up a topic of interest, or he rewind if something was missed or he need to hear something again. At home, these videos can be watched over and over again, which can help students learn by repetition. With digital platforms like YouTube, students can access videos anywhere with Internet or WiFi access. This means while on the way to or from school, procrastinating at home, or at a part-time job, students can listen to and/or watch these videos for continued practice of the course materials.
In conclusion, educational videos can be extremely beneficial to students and teachers alike. Its features bring curriculum to life while its abilities allow students to incorporate lesson repetition into their study habits. Video is enhancing and expanding to become part of the educational atmosphere, and because of it, teachers are able to help all students achieve academic success at their own pace. The abilities of educational videos are only enhancing, and the possibilities are endless.