The benefits of sharing student video productions online are becoming increasingly important as student-based video production now plays an increasing role in K-12 education. Students are now creating more and more videos as part of school work, especially through their middle and high school years and the maximum education value can come from that work when it is publicly shared. Here are 5 key benefits of sharing student video productions on line.
Higher Quality Work. In a recent article in Mobile Media Monthly, JR Penna is quoted as saying “when students have the opportunity to show off their work to family and peers, the quality of work goes up.” While a teacher may give a grade, parents and peers give a much higher and different type of recognition. This family and peer pressure can motivate students to create their very best work. Some kids thrive on public recognition, while others shirk from it. But offering the opportunity to share their works on a safe-public platform, such as SchoolTube, is the key.
Greater Student Engagement. Educators can create more engaging classes and assignments by incorporating student video assignments. Students like making videos, like watching videos, respond well to videos and love! sharing their videos. For example, a book report can be turned in as a video, a science experiment can be documented and presented as a video, a research project can easily be converted to video format. Asking students to respond in a format with which they have a high degree of comfort can lead to higher engagement and participation.
Video Production is a 21st Century Skill. Producing a video is fortunately a very simple task these days, whether by way of a smart phone, low cost video camera or a screen capture system that can turn any presentation into a video. Video projects are often assigned as group projects, as such video teaches collaboration, oral and written communication (script writing), time and process management, problem solving, tech skills and presentation skills. Creating one video as a group or sole project can teach more more than just the subject itself.
Motivation. Pride. Achievement. In the old days, near the end of the school year, it was typical to host the annual school art fair. A student’s best work was framed and displayed for parents to see. But what about all their other work? Video sharing solves this issue by allowing more of a student’s work to be shown publicly and there is a sense of pride, motivation and achievement that comes with public display that is not found within the classroom walls. The power of peer and community review should not be discounted.
Business Prep. As discussed above, video teaches 21st Century Skills and those skills are highly cherished and sought after in the business world. Business today thrives on video. Here at SchoolTube, for example, we use video to train our users, promote SchoolTube benefits, and respond to customer issues. Any student who knows how to create a quality 1-2 minute video on a given subject, is a gem in the business world.
At SchoolTube we encourage educators to help students share their video products publicly and safely – that is the essence of what we do and what we deliver, safe video sharing for the K-12 community. For more information on SchoolTube, read our quick Guide to Getting Started with SchoolTube.