3 Ways to Get Creative With Video as a Teaching Tool

By Elizabeth (Liz) Kollias

Whether you are teaching a bunch of restless kids or a workplace team, there are many ways you can engage your learners with video as a teaching tool. Being creative with your approach to teaching had never been more important that reaching learners with are jaded by online learning and the lockdown.

So to help you out, we’ve created this top 3 list of how to get creative with your video teaching content.

1. Get outside.

In an ordinary class structure, not all work would be inside the classroom. There are excursions, incursions and learning experiences in the schoolyard. A changing environment and a new mode of teaching will get kids attention. You can read more on the benefits of getting kids outside the classroom here: The Surprising Benefits of Teaching a Class Outside. As a parent struggling with 3 kids learning from home as part of the lockdown, I am noticing some key challenges.

  • The kids don’t experience incidental exercise moving between classes.
  • The recess and lunch breaks involve a walk from their desks to the kitchen.
  • By the end of the day they are drained and exhausted.

It is not until I send them out to roam the neighbourhood that they recharge and come back with their usual energy.

How to replicate this in an online world?

So how can we bring our students and learners outside?

  • Send your learners on a mission. Create an opportunity to get them outside and have them use their mobile phone to video their outdoors assignment. This may be a science experiment, a design challenge or simply filming their submission in a creative environment. And in lockdown this might mean a stroll to the park, sitting in the backyard or on a balcony. A small change will differentiate your class from others.
  • Demonstrate your teaching content in a new way. My mum, a history teacher, would get her kids outside creating ‘tussie mussies’ from herbs and flowers to show primitive methods of dealing in plague. A university lecturer we work with takes his phone on design excursions to film building design examples.

2. Bring in an expert.

Even when our kids are learning from home, they will benefit from new faces and the interest created by visiting ‘expert’. This in one area where we have benefited from COVID-19 and the impact on teaching as bringing in a guest presenter via Zoom is a lot easier than a visit in person. If you need an inspiration, check out Jon Krasinki’s Some Good News. You may not have the connections to bring in Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey or the cast and crew of Hamilton but this is a great example of bringing in speakers who inspire and engage your learners. You can have them in class live but why not record interviews with your expert or guest presenter. You can record a Zoom meeting much more easily at a time that suits you and then build this into your lesson plan.

4. Pre-record lesson content.

Zoom fatigue in now a ‘thing’. See the BBC article here: The reason Zoom calls drain your energy.

One of the best ways to alleviate the pressure of 100% online lessons, is to pre-record some elements of the lesson using video. Students can then spend some time with the passive experience of video content and then some time actively participating in activities (this might be online), preparing a class task or meeting with a smaller group of classmates for a group task.

At VidVersity, the video content can be turned into interactive exercises by adding questions. links and resources, so even the passive video based learning becomes engaging and interactive.

A little bit about VidVersity.

There are plenty of video editing platforms on the market but here at VidVersity we have created an end to end solution from capture, upload, easy editing and the ability to add interactions and a range of ways to deliver to your clients. Our key focus is ease of use so anybody can use it and a produce a high quality end product.

To find out more contact us at:

info@vidversity.com

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