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Description: Source:   As the new school year begins a number of Canadian classrooms are increasingly implementing video as an educational tool to keep their digitally savvy students engaged and interested.


Date: Sept 8, 2011

“Everyone has different learning styles, they learn best in different ways,” she says. “Video provides the opportunity to almost deliver both (visuals and text) at the same time. You have visual, you could have written and you have audio at the same time and students can refer to them at their own pace.”

The days of classroom video consisting of a TV and VCR rolled in for a lengthy film students could zone out on are over. Ms. Bobiash, who teaches science and social studies, uses digital video to deliver information in short, interactive bursts and encourages students to make their own films for projects which can later be posted online through her YouTube channel. Read rest of story

Questions for discussion:

  • What pedagogical applications do you see video playing in the classroom?
  • What is the concept of “flip teaching” and so you feel it is effective?  Why? or Why not?
  • Is it more effective for teachers to produce the video or for students to produce the video?

24 Responses to “Video in the class keeps savvy students engaged”

  1. Thomas Davies

    Is it more effective for teachers to produce the video or for students to produce the video?

    I think this question has benefits in both ends of the spectrum. There is positives to both students creating videos to present to Professors, but also have Professors use as tools for teaching to students.

    Personally, I’m more of a visual learner. So, obviously I am a strong believer in this methodology of teaching. Saying that, I dont believe that introducing a video source as a component of a Professor’s teaching methodology would conflict a typical more traditional structure. Having both lecturing material such as reading text, providing examples from the Professor and the video would give a more balanced lecture to students who have various ways of learning.

    Having students who are more technically savvy use multimedia software to develop a video helps bring their ideas to life more I think. The way in which that student thinks will be able to regurgitate what they’ve learned from lectures easier through the way they take in teachings.

    Also, I think that having video used in Professor teachings, the few students who aren’t technically gifted will learn to use and become familiar with computers and software which is so very important to become successful in this day and age.

  2. Julien.Fisher

    I think that playing videos in the classroom is very effective. It often gets the point across easier and helps students better understand the lesson. Although videos should only be used as a way of support and not the main teaching method

  3. Kristin Schneider

    Flip Teaching is “…when teachers film themselves explaining a concept, or assign an educational video and have the student watch it for homework so they’re actively thinking about the subject before it’s explored in class the following day.” From a students point of view, this concept of teaching is completely effective. In university, students are expected to read the material before class, so they are knowledgeable enough to completely engage in the conversations being had in class the next day. This theory should be implied to all students, not just post-secondary. If a teacher posted a lecture online, and the homework was to watch this video, students would have a general knowledge of what would be covered in class the next day. Then, class time could be used for questions about the lecture, and hands-on assignments where the students can apply the knowledge. This way, students aren’t left at home without a teacher, struggling on the practical part of the class. I believe that this theory should be implemented in more schools, because I believe it would have a positive outcome. The internet is everywhere, and therefore offers millions of possibilities. If students having access to the internet is a concern, the teacher could burn its lectures to a CD for each student, where they could take home and play it on their computer. I believe technology is changing many things, and it can have a positive effect on learning if used correctly.

  4. Kevin K

    “What is the concept of ‘flip teaching’ and do I feel it is effective?

    “Flip Teaching” is when a teacher films themselves teaching about a particular concept and then assigns it as homework for the students to study and familiarize themselves with prior to class. Just like many other teaching techniques, it can be effective if used properly.

    A fantastic, proven example of flip teaching is used by the Khan academy ( which was developed to improve the teaching practices by today’s teachers. In a TED video where the creator (Salman Khan) was presenting the program, he mentioned that his students preferred the online version of himself over the actual version of himself. So if flip teaching is presented in an engaging, marginally entertaining way, it can provide beneficial for the students.

    It also provides children with a means of education with which they are familiar. The Internet (YouTube and social networking sites particularly) is a rich source of information that the students already know how to navigate. By taking the battle of education to their home turf, they are more likely to engage in education. The comfort level of learning at their own pace and on their own time facilitates an atmosphere of education.

  5. Taylor Elderton

    This article actually really made sense, and it is great to see that teachers are embracing new technology and ideals to help them teach. There are very few people who can learn by listening to a teacher drone on from readings in a textbook for an hour at a time. For most people, interactive videos (that don’t look like they were made in the sixties) are a great way to get involved and increase knowledge. As time goes on, especially with the advent of iPad’s going into schools, this type of learning will increase dramatically, and pretty soon it will go from a new way of thinking to the norm amongst schools.

  6. Diane Langevin

    I feel the idea of using “flip teaching” would be a very effective method to use in the classroom for various reasons. It would allow students to become more engaged in classrooms, good opportunity to familiarize students with technology, increase motivation, creativity, and participation. I also believe using both visual and traditional methods of teaching would cater to a large spectrum of students. Having written and visual forms of assignments switches things up for students making it more interesting and provides both the opportunity for visual, auditory, and, kinesthetic leaners.

    I believe it is both beneficial for the teacher and the students to produce videos. As stated in the article it allows for teachers to perform experiments outside of the classroom that normally would not be possible without the use of multimedia. The opportunity for students to construct videos is equally effective. It creates a good chance for students to become familiar with multimedia applications. It also enables students to be physically involved more easily and the ability to bring their ideas forward for classmates and teachers to view is valuable. Therefore I think this type of teaching strategy will bring a different attitude towards school and students will be more thrilled about watching videos oppose to reading a textbook.

  7. Sydney D

    I see “flip teaching” as an innovative way of teaching as long as it is used correctly. If teachers get lazy and resort to video, I think this idea could go terribly wrong.

    I feel that this method of teaching can be very effective because it will keep students more engaged. Today, young generations are extremely tech savvy and want to get their hands on the newest technology out there. I think that if this is implemented in the classroom students will be excited to learn and stay engaged. Lack of concentration because there is no stimulation between a teachers lectures and the student is a major factor in resulting grades. I believe that the “flip teaching” method to teaching students will be very effective in stimulating the brain in many different ways.

    I also strongly believe that it is still important to have assignments that require research and writing. If students don’t develop the skills to read and write to a certain level they could be in trouble later on. For example, a simple mandatory writing class in university is not going to accept a video recording of a student’s research. They want to see how you can put your thoughts and findings into a hard copy. It may be more effective to have a written component submitted with the video presentation.

  8. Corina Nelson

    I think that videos in the classroom can be effective as long as they are not overused. I believe that there should be a variety of forms of teaching. Teachers and professors shouldn’t limit themselves to videos and lectures, because students learn in a variety of ways.

    Flip teaching is when teachers have students watch a video at home on topics that will be explored the next day in class. I think that this would definitely be an effective way of teaching. The reason I believe that this would be effective is because one of the most important ways that people and kids learn is by repetition. Also, kids are more likely to find it appealing to watch a video at home then to sit down and read a textbook.

    I think students and teachers should both be producing the videos. Teachers should because they can make videos with a clear understanding of the topic. And students should as well because by doing so they look further into the topics being discussed and will have more knowledge about what they are learning in class. Also this helps improve creativity and it is something they will most likely enjoy doing.

  9. Christopher Rush

    I believe that complimenting traditional teaching methods with video components, both produced by the teacher and by the students, will prove highly beneficial to student learning. This, I believe, is especially true of today’s student as they have grown up in an era highly defined by technology. It is important for students to understand video production (such as editing and so forth) as it is the main medium for communication of news, career training and self-expression to name a few. Beyond that, the more angles one has access to perceiving a subject from, the more reinforced one’s learning of that subject becomes. As in business, so must the individual adapt to the times by embracing contemporary technology or face being left behind. We must evolve with our environment. From an economy based on agriculture, then based on manufacturing, then based on service, our economy is now based and driven by technology. Video, which also incorporates audio and text, is powerful as an educational too but is also a large part of our society. If our educational institutions serve to teach our culture and to socialize the next generation, I think that it is only fitting that we make video and other technologies part of that socialization process. If we do not do this, I think that would undermine the fundamental function of our educational institutions all together.

  10. Jesse Wall

    I think this article had both positive and negative aspects to it. If flip teaching is used properly it can be very effective. Although I don’t think flip teaching should take over all other classroom activities; there needs to be a happy medium.

    For the positive side, I think it’s great that technology is ever changing and videos are more frequently being brought into classrooms. It is a great addition to teaching because it is different than the norm. Kids will find it fresh and exciting. They might find it easier to pay attention as it is much easier than going home and reading a textbook. It is appealing to the younger era because they grew up in this technological boom.

    For the negative side, I think that if teachers use flip teaching too much it will not benefit the students. I think it’s very important to take notes and read because it’s practical and kids should know how to put pen to paper too. Having kids watch videos and make videos all the time makes the teacher seem lazy because they don’t have marking to do and they don’t have to provide lecture. Videos will eventually eliminate the need for a teacher at the front of the class.

  11. Daniel Bird

    I believe the use of videos in classrooms can be a highly effective tool. The more variety a teacher can bring to a classroom, the better. The world is evolving and becoming much more technically inclined. It is important that teaching practices evolve at the same pace as the rest of the world. Teachers should be making the most of all the resources available to them.

    I see the concept of “flip teaching” to be beneficial however moderation is definitely the key. Teachers should still be teaching the majority of their lessons in person and should not begin to rely on videos to convey information to their students. Students can learn to enjoy school and learn more effectively using this method of teaching, however it is greatly important that teaching remains personable.

    Students often learn concepts better when working with each other and through other students. It would be effective for students to produce videos in certain scenarios because it makes learning more fun. It would also be beneficial for teachers to make videos for students in cases when the teacher cannot fit all the material into the lesson, or in cases when teachers cannot show a dangerous experiment in class.

  12. Alisha Coate

    The pedagogical applications I see video play in the classroom are a remarkable tool that I am surprised were not discovered earlier. As it says in the article, children learn in all different ways. I believe that when teachers use many tools to enforce the principles they are teaching, children are more likely to remember the concept. When students can visualize what they are learning, it is easier to keep that visual then the visual of your notes. Flip teaching is the concept of the teachers filming themselves for students to watch at home. When the students have access to these resources from their home they can watch them as many times as they would like. Therefore if you are a slow learner, you have the chance to rewind, pause and stop, as well as, being from a familiar voice. It is equally effective for students and teachers to produce videos but for different reasons. Teachers making videos is effective to drive an idea into a students brain. It is an effective teaching method. When students make videos, it is to enforce the ideas they have learnt in class. It is an effective learning tool. Videos are a great resource for the classroom.

  13. Jian Li

    Flip teaching means that the teachers can film themselves when they are explaining a concept; also, the students can be given a specific video so they can watch and ponder before the actual lectures are given by the teachers.
    The advantages for flip teaching: if the students watch a relevant video before class, they can have a better preview. It helps them improve their study skills. During the class, they can be more effective because they can think beforehand. Since they know more about the background, it’s easier for the teachers to catch their attention during the class. When they are making their own videos, they are building a multiple skills.
    However, the communication between teachers and students are also important. Some teacher may rely on this technology too much. They may neglect that they are the core part of teaching. Therefore, flip teaching may also cause a negative result when it is misused.

  14. adam smith

    I feel that this is a great way to learn and retain information and the world is shifting in that direction with the development of tablets and smart phones and all these interactive networks, It is also essential that the way we are taught also shifts and conforms with the rest of the world. It is ever so present even with my niece and nephew I can see how these things are very important to learning they are not old enough for grade school yet but the things that they learn from interactive TV shows and movies is amazing as well as learning games on iPods/phones and tablets is a shock to me how much they obtain from these devices. Yes learning from text books and lectures is a valid way to learn but all of this can be put in to a more universal, interactive, interesting way to learn. Even in my university class our final paper isn’t a paper at all it’s a presentation and we are advised not to just get up and talk or use power points but to do skits or some type of interesting performance that relates to our topic. We still have lectures and note taking which do help one learn but for us not to use these other techniques will be under utilizing this great opportunity.

  15. Taylor C

    I am excited for this concept,if I had the opportunity to learn like that while I was growing up I’d probably be an astronaut by now.
    Flip teaching is the concept of a teacher using video in the classroom. The video can be built up of a teacher explaining a concept, conducting an experiment that may be too dangerous for a classroom setting, being homework for viewing at home or even having the worlds finest teachers producing lectures over video for classrooms.
    Personally, I think that a child may be more able to absorb information if class was split up between video and the teacher speaking. It can be difficult sitting and listening to a teacher speak for over an hour about a subject so having video may be a good tool to keep attentions.
    In regards to if it is more effective for the teacher or the student to produce the videos I would say it is both. A child may be more inclined to put more research and effort into something that will be broadcasted via video in the classroom and over youtube. A teacher can use creativity when it comes to making their videos to keep the viewers attention.

  16. Jian Li

    Flip teaching means that the teachers can film themselves when they are explaining a concept; also, the students can be given a specific video so they can watch and ponder before the actual lectures are given by the teachers.
    The advantages for flip teaching: if the students watch a relevant video before class, they can have a better preview. It helps them improve their study skills. During the class, they can be more effective because they can think beforehand. Since they know more about the background, it’s easier for the teachers to catch their attention during the class. The students can pause or repeat a specific part when they need to, so they can stress on where they have problem with. By using the vedio, different institutions can share more resourses altogether at the same time. It makes the education of a country, even worldwide in the future, more efficient and balanced. When the students making their own videos, they are also building a multiple skills.
    However, the communication between teachers and students are also important. Some teacher may rely on this technology too much. They may neglect that they are the core part of teaching. Technology can’t replace no matter how sophisticated it is. Potentially, flip teaching may also cause a negative result when it is misused.

  17. Erin Mitchell

    After reading this article, it made me realize how much the classroom is changing from when I went to school (although this wasn’t that long ago; I graduated in 2008). I believe that there are both positives and negatives with this method of teaching. The positive is that it is more entertaining for the students than having them sit and listen to a lecture. It gives them the creative outlet to express themselves and to prove to the teachers that they fully understand the material that is being taught. Some negatives that I have come up with are that kids will come to expect this technology in each class and in everyday life after being exposed to it and becoming comfortable with it. They will not gain the skills that are derived from listening to a lecture, picking out the key points, and being able to comprehend them; all in the first and only time they get to hear it. Throughout life, you do not get a “repeat” button. You must listen to the facts that get delivered to you, and comprehend them. In the short run, this method of teaching may appear to be beneficial to the students, but I believe that in the long run, it will hinder them.

  18. Chris G

    “Flip teaching” is basically a concept by which the teacher assigns an educational video of either themselves or somebody else that introduces a concept to students before it is introduced in the class room setting. I feel that “Flip teaching” would be effective if used in the right way. For example, if a concept is going to be introduced that is complicated and has a history of students not understanding it right away, than I think “flip teaching” would be useful. However, if a concept is going to be introduced that is not complicated at all I could see some students seeing it as a waste of time. Therefore, I think that if it is not used all the time, it could be seen as very useful for students who get home from school and go to work on their homework and forget everything that they learned in class. Instead of wasting time trying to figure it out, they could use this video as a refresher, which could potentially save them a lot of time and headache. I also think that for this to work, the person presenting the concept will have to be somewhat hip and not boring to listen to or else this too could make students less likely to use it as a resource in the first place.

  19. Kashika Bhatia

    I believe that using videos as a tool to help enhance learning is great but while reading this article, I got the feeling that this 8th grade teacher only wanted was to use videos and no other tools to engage students. Keeping up with technology in this day is age is very important especially for young adults but there comes a point where old traditions such as using a pen and paper to take notes should not be lost. Only using videos to do science projects and not having some sort of written aspect is senseless to me in a way because when that child gets out of that classroom, s/he will have no knowledge about how to write a report and could struggle in the future especially in areas where written reports hold great value. Creating and sharing videos can be a great tool to keep students engaged and be aware of different learning options but there comes to a point where if the child is only learning through videos, what are they expected to do after they get out of that class and go to one which is not as technologically advanced.

    But a positive point to mention about flip teaching is how we as humans all have different ways in which we remember and understand information. Some people are more visual and some need to write things to in order to understand. Flip teaching can be helpful to those students who need visuals to help them understand better. A short video to introduce the subject before it is taught in class could be seen as a positive tool for those who want to a more creative, visual way to understand information. This can be seen as a win-win situation where the teacher can teach without difficulty and the child can have a better understanding.

  20. Liang Guo

    It is easier for students to understand a video than the words in textbook. Video is lively. people like to watch lively stuff. people do not like to see dead stuff. For example, when you are studying an animal, the textbook describe the animal very clearly. but you can just think how the animal looks like and you cannot see the real animal. however, you can see the real animal in a video. it will reduce the waste of your time and make you remember what the animal really looks like. video projects instead of paper projects give students more chances to let students really get the knowledge that they need to study. it improves students’ ability. I hope I can get more flip teaching. I think flip teaching will be more and more popular in the future. video in class also bring people some disadvantage. it may make people not want to read books.people may become lazy. people may will ask themselves,”I can know what I want to know in 5 minutes, so why do I need to read a book in 30 minutes” so people will use less time to think.

  21. Blair Watkins

    I have always had a hard time learning, and that is because I have a hard time paying attention. I definitely believe that this would be an affective form of teaching. I am currently taking Business Economics and Statistics and I am having a very difficult time understanding the content of the class. I do believe that if I were to record the lectures and re-watch them with the purpose of going over principles over and over, that it would help me to better grasp the idea of the lecture better. I don’t know if this works well with everybody but I know that for me it would be a huge help. I haven’t ever had a teacher use the “flip teaching” method, but I think that if I had a chance to watch a video before the class itself I could pay better attention to the lecture itself as well. My personal problem is that I’m lazy. I don’t want to read the text book because it bores me, but I know that I would watch the video!! If people really want to read the textbook because that’s how they learn that option is always available, but flip teaching will help a great deal of students that learn a different way.

  22. Brenn Smith

    Implementing video into the classroom sounds like a wonderful idea! This “Flip Teaching” would raise retention for most students who learn more from watching and note taking from a teacher. The ability to watch a video (something which most kids spend time doing night anyways) could be a great way to create higher understand and more involvement within a classroom setting. This would also help in the science as prep for hands on work. A student could watch a tutorial on it the night before coming into class and have a partial knowledge on both the safety of what they are doing and what is happening as they do it. Also the ability to stop, rewind and rematch a confusing aspect of topic would be amazing for kids to truly attain an understanding of a topic. I do not think this would affect attendance other then raise it as school would become ever more interactive to a students life. This is a technology that has proven success (as far as this article says) and should definitely should be implemented into classrooms.

  23. Iryna Guzhva

    • What is the concept of “flip teaching” and so you feel it is effective? Why? or Why not?
    The concept of “flip teaching” is when teachers film themselves explaining a concept, or assign an educational video and have the student watch it for homework
    Flip teaching is innovative way of teaching. Students have the opportunity to see what will be studied in the class. We learn by repetition. Flip teaching is the way to repeat the subject. Students could watch it after the class if they need.
    Everyone’s learning style is different. Some is visual person, some learns by doing. “Flip teaching” benefits people with both types of learning. Students could film themselves representing, discussing the subject learned in the class. On videos from students representing the subject teacher/instructor could see if students understand it. It could be a teacher-students “media communication”.
    • Is it more effective for teachers to produce the video or for students to produce the video?
    It is effective for both. Introducing a subject before it is learned in the class increases effectiveness of learning.

  24. patricia ojuderi

    What pedagogical applications do you see video playing in the classroom? I think video does really hold the attention of student so it would improve the student’s learning and ability to retain the information.

    What is the concept of “flip teaching” and so you feel it is effective? Why? or Why not? “flip teaching” is when the teaching makes a vivid video explaining in details what they are teaching or about to teach. it is also when a teacher assigns an educational video for the students to watch for their homework so that the students are thinking about the subject before coming to class.

    Is it more effective for teachers to produce the video or for students to produce the video? i think both would be effective. student being able to learn at a anytime what they were taught is a really good thing and being able to review the concept they dont quite remember before an exam is also cool. having students make videos allows the teaching to understand where the student is at when the topic is taught.

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