Many people say they find it easier to understand something where they have been shown, rather than simply reading about it. And that is where video demonstrations, explanations or lessons can be useful for learners in any curricular area.
There are many videos now available online, as any online search will reveal (and video-hosting sites abound such as YouTube and Vimeo). And of course different styles and approaches will suit different learners so no one video will necessarily be the most suitable for every age, stage or level of undertanding of any given topic.
10 ways to use video in the classroom – a post by Brian Bennett which describes how video can be used to support learning and teaching in the classroom in a variety of ways.
The Teacher’s Guide to Using YouTube in the Classroom – a post by Kristen Hicks describing 4 different ways in which videos can support learning and teaching in the classroom, and listing 10 sites with hosts of videos for specific purposes which can support learning and teaching in the classroom
In addition to the education channels or categories within the wider YouTube and Vimeo tools, there are some sites which have been specifically set up to share videos aimed at use in an educational setting (some adding further value to the videos with related resources):
TEDEd – a video library with curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on their learners. Each video has associated tasks and supplementary links to provide opportunities to deepen the learning.
Khan Academy – a library of thousands of videos on multiple subjects, specifically designed to assist learners develop their understanding of skills and concepts. Users can use the associated learning materials to help them gauge their own level of understanding of any topic, and then to move onto another level in that field. Teachers can sign up to use the materials with their pupils in order to get detailed feedback on learner progress
Teacher Tube an online community for sharing hundreds of thousands of educationally focused videos for teachers and learners. As well as video there are other resources including audio, documents, photos, groups and blogs. It is an environment moderated by educators so has been found to be easier to make more widely available in education settings.
School Tube comprises student and teacher created videos aimed at use in an educational setting. All content is moderated by teachers.
Tips for use of video
10 counter-intuitive, researched tips on use of video in education – a post by Donald Clark which presents advice based on studies about ways to ensure your use of video has maximum impact on engaging learners and does not have the opposite effect to what might be presumed by some to be effective.
Curricular Examples of use of video
100+ Clever Music Videos to Share in Class – videos which can be used to introduce a musical concept, to show different ways of producing music, or to be used a prompt for music lessons.