Videos for Homework Support
It was my intent when I started this project as my internship project to help the teachers I work with at my school to understand the importance of videos to support our students when they are working on their homework at night and how to create them. I teach in a middle school in South Carolina and we have some really smart kids. I wanted to insure they have all they need to be successful, not only in my class, Computer Applications, but also in a the all important core classes.
As I worked my project and read all the ways that videos can be used in instruction (more than I had realized) I came to the understanding that I could take the topic further. So, as I prepared for the Professional Development that was to objective of my internship project I decided that I would create a web page that would allow my peers (not just in my school but in other areas as well) to learn about many aspects of using videos to support instruction in the classroom.
However, I digress from the title: there is a high percentage of students (in my school) who would like videos available to help with homework. I know from experience that they need a few things in order for videos to be successful:
- They need to know that they are there
- They need to know how to work the technology
- They need some sort of motivation to watch them
If you just tell the students that the video is available on the LMS (Learning Management System) they will nod and go, but the majority of them will probably never look for them or use them. If you show them how to log in, go to where you have the video(s) stored, and you show the video in class, there is a higher chance of the students using them at home.
Believe it or not, not all of our students are as tech savvy as we like to think. There are some for whom technology is foreign to them, they are interested in other thing and just don’t use the computers or don’t have one available to use enough to be familiar with them. You need to give them the opportunity to use it in the classroom and help them to understand how it all works. This will make for more confident student and the videos will be more effective.
Sometimes students are aware of the videos and know how to use them. It just isn’t something they care about. When this is the case, you can offer some sort of “carrot” to the students to encourage them to use it. Add a question at the end of the homework that require them to watch the video to the end to get the answer. This question can be part of the grade or it can be extra credit.
The only problem that I have with the last suggestion is 2 fold: 1 , some students don’t have computers at home and this would be unfair to them and 2, some students don’t need the video, they already have the knowledge or concept being practiced on the homework.
I hope that this post allows you to see and understand how videos can help with homework. I also hope that it encourages you to come back and see what else I add to this page about using videos in instruction. Please feel free to leave me comments on anything related to this topic that you would like me to investigate.