Homeschooling can be a challenge for any parent. Never mind the pressure to give your child a high-quality education, what about all those lessons on material you haven’t seen in years? For those who want to ensure their child is receiving the best education possible, incorporating videos into lessons can be a great way to visualize a lesson as well as provide a boost to your own knowledge.
Many websites such as Kahn Academy and TedEd provide a variety of videos that can be used to enhance instruction. Both of these sites are intended to be used for educational purposes and as such offer high-quality content.
Realizing that many parents and teachers don’t come from math or science backgrounds, MIT even created the MIT-K12 project where MIT students create short, instructional videos on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.
Incorporating Videos into Lessons
Videos are a great way to cover material that is difficult to understand or explain as well as experiments that cannot be performed due to danger or cost.
Abstract concepts such as imaginary numbers or differential equations can be difficult to explain through textbooks, but adding videos brings the concepts to life and stimulates visual learning.
If your student is having trouble connecting to a history lesson due to their inability to understand the time period being discussed, video can be a great way to expose them to the time period through first person point of view. Things such as the Vietnam War protests or civil rights movement can seem far removed from a child’s daily life, but showing them what was going on and why it is important can provide a way for them to connect to the events.
Videos are also great for studying foreign cultures. Through video, your child will be able to see what life is like in a different culture while experiencing the sounds and language of the native people as well. When combined with pictures and music, videos are a great way to experience new people and places without having to budget for an expensive trip.
Many science experiments can prove too dangerous to perform without the proper equipment and lab space, something rarely found in a typical home schooling environment. As such, videos can be used to expose your child to the experiment without having to actually perform it. Chemistry experiments using dangerous chemicals are especially great to use video to demonstrate – the reaction can still be seen without the need to worry about burning down the house.
Another great way to include video in lessons is to have your child create their own videos explaining the subject area. In this way, your child improves his or her understanding and retention of the concept as well as has a chance to express his or her creativity.
Most cameras and even phones have the capability to record video these days, meaning that you probably already have all the tools you need. Kids love using technology and encouraging them to use it for assignments will prompt them to work harder to create a quality video.
For those of you who still aren’t convinced, studies have shown that using videos during instruction helps increase student’s understanding and retention of a concept. Most of us learn better when we can see something and video provides just that, a way to visualize the lesson being learned. Try including a video in your next lesson and watch as your child lights up with a new passion for learning.
Megan Veschio is the marketing coordinator for Inventive Technology/MediaCAST, a digital content management and video streaming solution for schools. Learn about using technology in education at www.mediacastblog.com or follow Inventive Technology/MediaCAST on Twitter – @MediaCASTstream.