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Video in the Classroom

Sophie is a Primary Teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. Are you lesson planning this school break? Why not put some videos in your planning?

The use of video in the classroom

All children learn in different ways and it is important to include a visual stimulus in your classroom. Children could retain more information if you give them the information to them in the form of their way of learning. It is a tool that allows children to understand new concepts and see facts in a different light.  Any lesson that may be able to have a video to go with it is a great tool to use for all ages. The children will be able to have a visual source of learning, rather than just being told information they can see it. This will allow the children to create their own experiences based on what they have seen. You can use this stimulus to help children get their imagination flowing; you can show the children experiments or activities it is simply a great tool to have.

It is often quite hard to explain certain words or techniques so a video is a great method to help the children understand. Children get very excited about videos, it is a great material to get the children talking about maybe a scene by watching something real. Videos can stimulate the children’s existing and prior knowledge which they will be able to add to after the videos. It is a quick method which allows the children to learn new facts. It allows the teacher to pause and continue through the learning at the children’s learning pace. Obviously videos should not be used in every lesson but when they are used this makes them more powerful for the children’s viewing.

Another way to use a video is as a method of assessment. You could record the children doing an activity or performance and replay this to them. This will give the children chance to present their ideas and even analyse themselves. It is a simple but effective tool which may not be at the front of your mind. It can also be used to recap ideas and bring the plenary and the lesson altogether. Videos allow children to have access to new technology in an ICT form. It is great to get the children using computers and seeing different videos. With an ever evolving world this is very crucial. Just a little thing to remind yourself and see if videos can help the children in your lessons. 

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