Employing instructional video in the classroom

Published: October 24th, 2022

Instructional video became a lifeline for many schools during the remote learning period. You may have used it yourself, even if you don’t know it by that name! Instructional video refers to any use of recorded material used to convey and teach a topic. When remote learning was at its height, this was most often a case of recording lessons and making them available for later access – and while it might seem like the need for such a measure is passed, instructional video still has a whole lot to offer.

Whether it’s in the classroom or in remote and hybrid setups, the flexibility and ease of access on offer means there is something suitable for everyone. If you’re entirely new to instructional video in the classroom, or looking for new ways to implement recorded material, here are three methods you can try:

  • Video on demand – Perhaps the most common form of instructional video, ‘video on demand’ involves making traditional lessons visible after the event. This enables increased flexibility for absent students or those that want to revisit topics for revision purposes.
  • Rotational models – There are a few options for implementing rotational models of instructional video which are worth a try.  First up is using different stations to move sequentially through a topic via bitesize videos. Offering a series of easily-digestible content chunks can improve students’ retention as they benefit from repetition and gaps in the sequence. Another method is to set up different stations showing the same topic through different mediums, one of which being instructional video. This method supports an individual approach to learning as pupils can choose an option to suit their own learning style. 
  • Flipped learning – Flipped learning is the inversion of conventional classroom-based learning. Homework is effectively replaced with instructional video so that classroom time is dedicated to active discussion and engagement, allowing students to gain different perspectives on topics which can increase their interest and focus.

Instructional video is just one way to use edtech resources to establish a learning system which is easily accessible for students. Whether it be used for deepening knowledge, recording content for absent students, or just as a fun way to compliment instructional goals, videos seem to be a fan favourite for teachers going forward.

To discover more helpful ways to implement technology into the classroom, check out this blog about edtech trends: https://staging.prometheanworld.com/au/resource-hub/blogs/edtech-trends-to-watch-out-for-in-2022/

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