Advantages Hiding in Plain Sight
I would be hard pressed to find an educator who does not understand the relative advantages of integrating video into the classroom. This isn’t to say that some educators use video for non-instructional purposes at times. However, I would argue that the vast majority of educators want to leverage the power of video integration for powerful student growth.
In her book, Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching, Roblyer (2016) details the many uses for video in the classroom and their relative advantage. Roblyer includes ideas such as recorded demonstrations for students who need multiple viewings, student-created presentations, classroom discussion starters, videos of experts/speakers, video portfolios, and documentation of school events to name a few advantages (pp. 216-218). Roblyer goes on to also detail the benefits of collaboration and multicultural perspective that come with video integration and development (p. 219).
While it is no secret that teachers and students may run into pitfalls when using video integration, this should not stop integration. We have all experienced pitfalls in the form of technical issues and time constraints. However, the advantages outweigh the pitfalls. The Pinellas School District and the Florida Center of Instructional Technology laid out some of the major advantages on their Multimedia in the Classroom website. They argue that the call for collaboration, problem-solving, technical skills gained and increased levels of engagement are all reasons to keep integrating (“Multimedia in the Classroom”).
Check out this video where my own colleagues highlight how and why they use video integration within their own practice:
Video Integration Ideas & Lesson Plan
Roblyer, M. D. (2016). Integrating educational technology into teaching. (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Multimedia in the Classroom. Retrieved from http://fcit.usf.edu/multimedia/overview/overviewa.html