Our collective attention span is shrinking. Undoubtedly, educators have noticed the fact that young people (Millennials, Generation Z, and even younger students) often have difficulty focusing on subjects for more than a few moments at a time. Indeed, a recent study found the average person’s attention span has dropped to about eight seconds. For reference, the goldfish has an attention span of about nine seconds. Naturally that puts teachers in a tough position: how do you impart difficult concepts to students that don’t learn in the same way as their predecessors? The solution more and more educators are turning to is educational video content. To that end, here are four compelling reasons why every teacher needs educational videos in their class:
Engagement and Retention
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, but videos are exciting. They grab your attention in ways that pictures and text simply can’t. After all, videos provide both visual and auditory stimulation; they connect with students on a more sophisticated level than “traditional” teaching methods. This promotes both engagement with and retention of educational material. What’s more, educational videos –– when done well –– are entertaining.
Flexibility and Pacing
One big problem teachers deal with regularly is pacing. When you have 20-30 students in a classroom, it’s unreasonable to expect them all to learn the same material at the same rate. Fortunately, videos help alleviate that issue; not only are they more engaging than texts or lectures alone, but they also give students a greater level of control. The magic of a video is that you can watch it and rewind it as many times as you like. And because of the advent of online educational video resources, teachers can assign videos for homework to introduce a concept before diving more in depth during class.
Tackling Tough Subjects
Think about this question for a moment: how would you describe the color red to a blind person who’d never experienced color before? (Spoiler, it’s impossible.) This is an extreme example, but certain educational topics are extremely tricky to explain without visual aids. Scientific subjects then, like how a propulsion engine works are much easier to understand through short video examples that actually show the process in action. If you find yourself struggling to impart a complicated lesson to your class, video just might provide the solution.
Modernize Your Classroom
As we mentioned above, educators can either resist modern trends or embrace them. Whether they realize it or not, young students need to get comfortable consuming and creating video content once they enter the “real world.” And the most progressive schools work to provide their charges the tools they need to develop those video-related skills. The sooner educators integrate video technology into their syllabi, the better acquainted their pupils will become with the form as a whole.
Videos are a great resource for teachers and students alike. The flexibility, effectiveness, and modernity educational videos offer simply can’t be matched by any other technique. Even if you haven’t been using videos in the classroom much, don’t worry. Most students are video literate already, and introducing more videos into your class will likely be an easy transition. For more articles like this one, subscribe to our newsletter using the form below, and make sure to check out the latest videos from Schooltube!