How we use video in schools and classrooms

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Using videos and audio-visual materials in classrooms is nothing new! Even I remember a beast of a TV being wheeled into the hall at infant school for a weekly instalment of 'Look and Read'. I still remember falling in love with the word 'peregrine' in a story featuring a boy and a falcon...  

What has changed, of course, is the ease with which teachers can now bring video and film into the classroom. Digital technologies have brought with them ever-greater potential for flexible and adaptable delivery. But why exactly is video such a powerful tool for learning and how can its strengths be best exploited by teachers?

Advantages of video in the classroom

The feedback we gather from teacher reviewers of EdComs resources reveals that video is highly valued as a means of teaching more effectively and creatively.

The best educational video engages students in active learning, increases student motivation and enthusiasm. Crucially, it suits multiple intelligences and learning styles.  

One of video's greatest strengths, though, is undoubtedly its ability to appeal emotionally to viewers, as well as communicating on a cognitive level. It's no surprise then that video can positively influence both motivation and affective learning. In turn, these create conditions for greater cognitive learning.  That's why video is now accepted as a key tool in encouraging change and opening up students' eyes to all kinds of subjects.

Video has been at the heart of many curriculum resources created by EdComs on subjects as varied as recyclingroad safety and scientific investigation. We hope that our videos provoke thought and discussionrelay experiences in a memorable wayshare perspectives and raise questions and ultimately enhance and enrich students' learning.

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Does any of this ring true? What function do you think videos perform in the classroom?