Few of us grew up with video in our schools, so it can be difficult to imagine how to use it. So we thought we’d share some awesome ways that you can use video in your classroom.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is a video worth? Videos capture incredible amounts of information about a student’s learning, including:
- How they hold a tool
- The confidence in their voice
- How much they’ve practiced
- Whether they observe proper safety procedure
For example, check out this assessment video of a student taking blood pressure. At 0:15, she holds the stethoscope to the patient’s arm with her thumb. This is a mistake - it can result in the nurse hearing their own heartbeat through their thumb. But it’s an error that can only be caught with video.
“But what about an in-person assessment” you might say. To be fair, an in-person assessment can catch this, but it’s so subtle that it’s easy to miss. Further, we’ve all had experience with nervous students in labs, so they might not even realize they are doing it. Which brings us to our next use of video.
Having students take video of themselves gives them a way to practice before an assessment. And because of our deep fear of looking bad on camera, when a student watches a video of themselves, they see all of their mistakes. Video gives provides an excellent framework to go back and practice skills over and over.
This is backed up by research. In this study of nursing students, those who used video for self-assessment felt like they learned more than those who used more traditional methods.
You only need to spend a few minutes on TikTok to know the power of sharing videos. Videos can be shared with employers, parents, and even other students in a way that makes learning real and impactful. It can also harness the Protege Effect when students share videos for the purpose of teaching others. This Psychology Today article describes the power of learning by teaching.
What other ideas do you have for using video in the classroom? Let us know in the comments below!