Keeping students attentive in the 21st century classroom is no easy feat. Sure, there’s the buzzword–“engagement”–that pervades education technology rhetoric, but what does engagement really look like, and how do teachers achieve it? For veteran educators Dotty Corbiere, a math specialist at Meadowbrook School in Weston, Massachusetts, and Rushton Hurley, founder of the non-profit organization Next Vista for Learning and a former high school Japanese language teacher and principal, the answer is video.
“[Video] captures attention and learning. You can’t learn anything unless you’re paying attention,” Hurley said.
Hurley’s organization, Next Vista for Learning, is an online resource for digital media that curates videos from “ordinary” students and teachers (providing they meet a specific set of guidelines), organizes them, and makes them available for free. Hurley believes that through watching videos created by their peers, students will be challenged to think critically about the strengths and weaknesses of each video and apply this knowledge to developing their own content, in addition to learning valuable subject matter.
Corbiere, whose students create Stop-Action Movies (SAM) Animation to depict everything from life cycles to math poetry videos, gives her classroom “total license” when it com
comes to putting together projects; as long as students map out their idea first, they can use any materials they like to make the content come to life.
“The kids love it … when they get going, they want to do their best. If that figure doesn’t come out right or that scene wasn’t quite perfect, they want to do it again,” she said.
Starting a video project can be overwhelming, so THE Journal asked Corbiere and Hurley to share their favourite video ideas that capture students’ attention–and keep it.
Read more: 7 Amazingly Easy Video Ideas for Capturing and Keeping Students’ Attention — THE Journal.
Not that long ago using videos in e-learning was pretty prohibitive due to the costs associated with it. Fast forward a few years and with everyone having access to video-cameras on their smartphones and laptops, it has become a lot more feasible for the everyday e-learning designer to use videos in his/her projects. However, just because video has become more commonplace, that doesn’t mean that adding video to e-learning is without its challenges or that every project merits it. I recently did some research into using video in e-learning for a course I’m presently designing and I thought I’d compile some of my findings into a blog post.
Read more: Using Video in e-Learning: (Almost) Everything You Need to Know « Flirting w/ eLearning.
How much of this technology are you already using?
Let us know in the comments.
Viva eLearning has a great selection of free videos on elearning for learning professionals.
So if you need to do things like:
- record and import audio into PowerPoint,
- find out more about creative commons, or
- engage and motive online students
Josh Bersin cites YouTube Videos as one of the best learning tools available in his session at the HR Technology Conference last week. I agree and see a bigger role for videos in the learning mix.
Ten or fifteen years ago, video was used by most organizations for training. They would have a library of VHS tapes and a screening room where employees could watch those videos. When the shift in eLearning to the web came with its associated limitation on bandwidth utilization, the size of the videos made them impossible to be use. Several organizations even chose to convert their video eLearning to Flash based eLearning. It’s coming full circle now and videos are all set to return in a big way.
Why Video Again? Read on to find out the answer: The Return Of Video To eLearning | Upside Learning Blog.
This short video would make an excellent starting point for a discussion on internet safety with parents of smaller children.
This video from the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education (www.iktsenteret.no) is well worth a look.
The main points:
- students want to use the technology in school they already use outside school
- teachers need PD to enable them to keep up with students
Dr George Siemens talks about MOOCs and their benefits for the teacher and the learner in the context of open education and OER. Dr Siemens also gives advice for anyone wishing to run a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
Date: September 3rd 2012, Pretoria – South Africa
Interviewer: Dr Andreia Inamorato dos Santos (aisantos.wordpress.com @aisantos)
TED is one of my favourite video platforms where , when time allows, watch inspiring videos of not only educators but leaders and enthusiasts from all other fields. We , in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, consider TED as a video resource of huge potential in education and that is why we dedicated a whole section solely to TED videos , its news and updates.
Today we noticed that TED Blog has published a great post featuring 10 talks from inspiring teachers and upon checking them ( some we have already seen before ) we found them worth sharing with you here.
Full Text: Top 10 TED Talks from Inspiring Teachers.
[Some great examples here of how to improve your direct to camera video in your courses]
Direct to camera videos have numerous advantages, from creating a connection with the public to keeping your audience interested and focused. This is especially key when you are trying to create an entertaining video that will keep your students engaged until the end and help them learn something. This is where putting yourself in your videos gives you the visibility you need and helps raise brand awareness in an easy, efficient and cost-effective manner.Check out these10 useful tips for direct to camera video
Full Text: Direct To Camera Videos.