Research Supporting using Videos to Support Instruction
The research shows that when videos are available for use and students are aware of them, students will use them to complete homework, study for a test, and to refresh themselves on the subject matter. Some studies have shown that students will generally use them during “crunch” time to study for tests or quizzes.
This document will discuss how video streaming helps students with learning, ways that streaming can be used in class and at home, how our students feel about streaming video use in completing homework, examples of how some of our teachers could use these technology, and where to go to find further information on this.
How does it help?
Students can use streaming videos to refresh themselves on how concepts can be applied and used to complete homework and how they apply to the real world. Instead of a teacher showing or “pushing” to the student when they are not quite ready for the information, the student can “pull” or watch the video when they are ready to. This is applicable in this situation to the students watching the video as they do their homework thus supporting the learning they are expected to glean from their homework. Watching streaming video also allows our student to improve their technical skill and get used to using this technology. Since colleges are moving more and more towards using this kind of technology to share information with students, it is important that students get used to looking to online videos to get information and instruction.
Also, if you have the patience and resources to teach students to create videos themselves there is a wealth of benefits to be had here. It gives students a creative outlet to show you what they have learned and gives them ownership of that learning. If, for instance, you make it a competition between groups of students, students will be more likely to turn out a well put together product.
Would our students use it?
I gave surveyed homeroom classes of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students to find out their technical level and equipment availability. The other piece of information that I was collecting was whether students felt videos would be useful.
Here’s what I found:
- 83% of the students have computers at home
- 83% of the students have access to internet at home
- 68% of the students know how to access e-Chalk at home
- 58% of the students have a set time to do their homework at night
- 30% of the students claim to have trouble remembering how to complete their homework when they get home
- 60% of the students felt it would be helpful if they had a video to remind them what they learned in class that day
- 61% of the students felt that if there were a video in place to help them, they would watch it
- 42% of the students felt that they would be more comfortable if the video they watched was narrated by their teacher
Examples of How These Videos Can Be Used
When I first undertook this project, I took the time to talk to other teachers at my school to get a feel for technology needs and how they could see this technology being used to assist with homework. Here are a few examples of how they could be used:
- How to read a periodic table
- Balance chemical equations
- Acids and Bases
- Body systems
- ELA: Creating skits and plays the support instruction in class
- Scientific process
- Tutorials that go with the math process
- Band: Create a video for Beginner Band students to show them how to put together and take apart their instrument
- Finger movement and placement
Where to find more information
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