5 Reasons to Use Videos for Learning

Our kids use YouTube. We use YouTube. Last week, when I had to change the power cord on my dryer, I used YouTube. 

Why would we miss out on the second largest search engine in the world and perhaps the most engaging way to share media?

We wouldn't, and we don't. Teachers are using video everyday, and I'm not just taking about watching videos on YouTube.

Here are five ways to use video for formative assessment. Comment, if you'll please, on which one you think best supports digital citizenship. 

1. Questions

Video is great to engage learners, but it can also be used as part of an assessment. Use video in Google Forms (shown below) or try a platform like Zaption to embed questions in the videos. 

Keep an eye out for YouTube including more interactive opportunities for its users. At some point in the near future, I bet educators will be able to collect data that's organised by user. 

2. Playlists

I usually have a playlist for each unit. It includes videos I made and other videos that we watch in class or suggestions for learners.

Ask your students to make a playlist of their own. They can summarize their choices (and the unit or topic) in the description. Take it to the next level and have them comment on a few of their peer's lists. 

The power is in the use of choice to engage learners in a different angle of summarizing, grouping, labeling, etc.

3. Annotations

Give your learners the opportunity to annotate a video. 

Share an MP4 (or other compatible format) in Google Drive or otherwise, and prompt learners to use a theme or topic to focus their annotations. Five annotations for a 45 second segment is reasonable.

4. Slideshow Narration 

The process of making a short tutorial video or presentation provides opportunity for choice and repeated review. These lead to increased retention of information and skills performance over sit-and-get strategies.

Most importantly, the assessment is authentic because it is a product that can be used as a resource for anyone with access, something the Internet has made routine by this day and age.

5. Video Response

The great thing about a video response is the ability to see and hear yourself before sharing it. If your students think they can do better, they can try it again before sharing. 

Since making more videos, I've noticed an increase in public speaking fluency on my part. I don't expect my students to become YouTubers, but I want them to experience self evaluation and the opportunity to share a better performance.  

Have you decided which one best supports digital citizenship? I'd love to hear from you.