The methods used to teach have been transformed in recent years, videos have become increasingly popular in the educational sector. Video lessons and tutorials are now used frequently within teaching institutions and outside of them. 

The use of videos in schools has been revolutionary. Millennials are familiar with technological intake throughout their day to day lives, when videos are implemented into their learning tasks it creates visual stimulations for them. This meaning that young people are more likely to engage and partake in educational practises when videos are involved. Videos have the ability to deliver more information to students than a teacher can, they offer the audience more detail and are assured to cover the topic in much more depth as they are pre-planned and executed properly. Visual methods and insiders created by videos are exceptionally beneficial to the audience, they can help huge amounts in transferring information from the sender to the receiver.

Another factor which proves the importance of videos in education is that the 21stcentury requires its workers and employees to be digitally literate. By introducing videos to students from a young age and teaching them how to use these, it familiarises the learner with this form of work and therefore helps them later on in life.

Educational videos can be highly beneficial to work and schooling institutions. This duo to videos being able to make up for a lack of teaching staff in work places. For example, if a worker needs to learn something for their job they can do this at home through the means of their digital device. The need for a specialist to explain things through can be replaced, cheaply and effectively. In a school environment teachers can use videos to transfer information to the students and the content can potentially be translated in a better format. 

Furthermore, this learning technique is extremely effective. Videos can be controlled by pausing and rewinding content. The material within the video can be monitored and processed with ease due to this. This in turn allows room for discussion and for assessment to be made. It is more engaging for a learner when they can control their sessions more effectively, giving the audience an in depth tutorial of the material being displayed to them. Videos also allow the audience to learn at their own pace, this is a vital aspect of learning as everybody is different and many people tend to learn things at different paces. Educational videos allow the learner to wholly grasp all content provided and therefore they can be successful in learning.

Finally, Video learning creates room for inspired thinking. When an audience watches a video, they take from the materials shown and use it to create and construct their own ideas. “Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey claims one minute of video equals approximately 1.8 million written words. Thus, when video is used in the classroom, students are forced to think critically when introduced to complex content.”

Sal Khan’s Ted talk 

Sal Khan is a mathematician and teacher who founded the Khan academy. Khan spoke in a TED conference in 2011 titled Let’s use video to reinvent education?”.This was a pioneering talk which gave the world an initial insight on the powers of educational learning through the uses of video.

He first noticed the effect and power of video learning years back when he would upload mathematical videos to YouTube in order for his cousins to learn and practise by themselves. He stated humorously in his Ted Talk that his cousins preferred his YouTube video sessions over personal lessons. Khan was initially offended but he came to the immediate conclusion that it made perfect sense. His cousins could pause and rewind the videos, in turn this made it easier for them to understand the content being taught. The social barrier of feeling embarrassed or not being completely attentive while being spoken to was cut out. The hold of information offered to Khan’s cousins meant they could efficiently learn.

Khan expressed how his videos became popular at a rapid pace. He noticed how much these videos were clearly helping people. People would interact on the social sections of the videos and be ecstatic that they could finally understand challenging and demanding mathematics. 

He didn’t initially think it was a tool which could be implemented into class rooms but he was very wrong! As his content grew, teachers got in contact with Sal and expressed how much the online tutorials were helping their classrooms. The online support which he received made him realise how much of a utility this was. These videos could be re-used as they would never grow old, future generations would be able to learn through the same content.

Khan pounced on this idea and took it to the next level by creating the Khan academy. This involved generated online questions and videos fixed with skill levels. The difference between this and normal teaching procedures was that instead of moving from topic to topic without mastering it like you would at school, the Khan academy ensured you aced every topic before you were allowed to move on. You start from a low skill level but as you go on the tasks get harder and harder. This method of teaching was set up so that everyone has the opportunity to be an expert in their field. Even the pupils who were originally considered ‘slow’ would eventually speed up and race ahead. This clearly highlighting the importance of self-paced learning, something which classrooms with a 20+ student to teacher ratio cannot offer.

Written by Luc Coulson