We get it. Teaching can be (and usually is) every bit as exhausting as it is inspirational.
Constantly scrambling for new ideas and tools to keep the students engaged, scouring the jungle of the world wide web to see what others are doing and trying to stay on top of the game with all the edtech updates… Boy, don’t we know how mind-melting that is!
And then you have to listen to all that “teachers don’t understand the new tech” stuff. Exhausting. So we went away and collected some refreshingly creative examples of using video for educational purposes – just for you. Trust us, some classy things out there!
#1 The Smith School of Business & the scribe animation. Rocking success.
Seeking to be recognised as the number one source of timely and reliable research, the Smith School of Business has turned to video tools to spruce up its research findings with some beautiful scribbles. Keeping it warm and authentic, they used the professor’s voice to narrate the story and produced the first scribe animation. Then chucked it into their weekly newsletter and started counting clicks & likes. Guess how it went?
Right, it went awesome. Using whiteboard animation, the Smith School of Business were able to appeal to and engage a much wider audience. Internally, too. Soon after the great start, professors started requesting these videos for distance and blended learning.
Real-time drawing is one of those can’t-take-your-eyes-off experiences, and that’s why it works so well for educational purposes [click here to tweet]. You can turn any infographic, experiment, story or case study into an eye-catching whiteboard animation. And you don’t need to reinvent anything – just repackage. Here’s one of their brilliant videos:
#2 English grammar lessons meet PowToon. Explain in style.
There’s nothing worse than a boring presentation. You can only use it if you’re punishing your students for spoiling your favorite TV show. So, unless you’re a design pro, please stay away from bullet points and depressing PowerPoint backgrounds. We’re serious. It’s not healthy. [click here to tweet]
Here’s a simple and effective way to turn your presentations into animated stories that are bound to catch your students’ attention. You’ll find that it’s hard not to like them.
In this example, Paola Brown discusses the most typical grammatical mistakes students make with semicolons. It’s quick, and simple, and captivating. And students definitely like it more than grammar textbooks.
#3 All you need to know before flipping your classroom. Or learn before you teach
Crazyforeducation is an online platform designed by flipped teachers for flipped teachers.
These guys excel at showing you why & how you should experiment with the flipped classroom approach. And if you’re just starting to look around for success stories and interesting examples, it’s probably where you should start anyways. Just saying. [click here to tweet]
Simple, integrated system, no ads, accessible on all devices, everywhere. Plus, something extra you’ll be pleased to learn – it’s free for teachers and their students. But see for yourselves.
#4 Hands on learning for all tech lovers. You won’t believe this stuff
We’ve stumbled upon a wonderful initiative – Technology will save us – that aims to help teachers introduce tinkering with technology education into any classroom, after school club or home school. With easy-to-follow video instructions and out-of-the-box DIY projects, it’s a go-to hub for those who are willing to roll up their sleeves and try something different. [click here to tweet]
We all agree that teaching needs to be fun and thought-provoking. Yet, we don’t always agree on the best tools to achieve the desired result. So how do we know who and what is right? We go out there, have fun and then decide!
#5 Spanish for beginners. With a little bit of drama
12 weeks of pure Spanish drama. That’s what you’ll get, if you sign up for the BBC’s interactive learning project. Or 12 weeks of real Italian adventures. But if you really have to choose, pick the drama of language learning.
Yes, it’s a bit too extravagant for a school project, but it’s an idea worth exploring. See how your class feels about adding a pinch of theatricality to language learning. If you decide not to pursue the mini video series project, you can always use the BBC’s resources to refresh the class’s knowledge and end a long week with a wordy bang. Because why not? [click here to tweet]
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That’s all we’ve got this time, but we promise to keep it coming. In the meantime, we’d love to hear more about your experience of #teachingWithVideo. Click on the image below to tweet us @vzaar with your questions, ideas, pains & joys. Let’s talk education!