Using Video in the Classroom

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Published on February 27, 2009

Author: synergybroadcast



Research, thoughts and ideas on using video in the classroom.

Video in the ClassroomResearch FindingsTeacher OpinionStudent PerspectivePractical UsageUsage Statistics

Video allows teachers to not onlytell students what they need tolearn from a specific lesson, butillustrate examples to helpdevelop understanding.Video is a Learning Tool

Teachers Are Positive About Video Stimulates classroom discussion Reinforces lectures and reading Provides a common base of knowledge amongstudents, andHelps them teach more effectively.A survey by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting found thatteachers are overwhelmingly positive about the use of video inthe classroom because it:

Computers vs. TV“A CPB survey of teachers showed that the vastmajority of teachers said that the presence ofcomputers in their class had not affected theirclassroom use of TV and video, and in fact ‘nearlyone quarter find that their use of TV and video hasactually increased.’”Television Goes to School, 2004

Students’ Perspective Outperform non-exposed peers on tests Score higher on writing assignments Are more active in class discussions Apply more varied and creative approaches toproblem solving Use more figurative languageResearch shows that students who areexposed to regular integration of mediainto instruction:Research project by Teachers College at Columbia University, 1992.

How and When to Use VideoVideo can be used in a variety of ways to enhance anylesson plan or subject. Here are some examples ofbest practices: Preview video in advance Connect the video to lesson objectives Show short clips to introduce or reinforce discussion. Give students active assignments to encourageattention and post discussion. Use the pause button to promote interactivity andencourage discussion.

Lead-in’s: “Listen for this term…” “Think of similar examples…” “Watch for…” “List the things in the video that…”Sample Lead-in’s to video segments could include:

After the video: Check for understanding Reinforce a point Connect to real examples Ask, “what did you see, etc…”

Keep it Simple Technology that is too complex Technology that involves too much work touse it Technology that increases the need for moreclassroom support.Any implementation to provide teachers withtechnology tools must be done with an objective to“keep it simple” to avoid:

Real World Results A school district in Florida installed a video deliverysystem to improve teacher access to video. Usage in the second year showed at 15x increase inthe use of classroom video. Increase reflects a combination of improved contentand easier access to use video to support learningobjectives.

About Synergy Broadcast SystemsSynergy Broadcast Systems serves education, cable, broadcast,government and healthcare. The company’s solutions help facilitiesmanage and use video content more efficiently and effectively tocapture, catalog, organize, archive, report and deliver video for avariety of uses including broadcast, video on demand, streaming anddigital signage.Our systems are modular, economically scalable and forward-focusedto provide solutions that save money, solve video organization anddelivery problems and provide migration options for the future. Call800-601-6991 or visit

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