These days, when someone talks about integrating technology into the classroom, the technology they are referring to is the computer (and the internet). However, media besides the computer can also add interest, knowledge, and cross-discipline skills to your lessons.
Educational videos have been used in the classroom for decades and may seem old-fashioned or boring. However, in school districts where funds are limited, they may be the preferred choice for teaching with media, whether delivered via traditional VHS, DVD, or online. Here are some ways video can be used in elementary school lessons.
o Illustrations within the videos help students understand content when new vocabulary is presented.
o Hearing language in its proper form, via video storybooks, can strengthen language skills.
o Creating presentations about the educational video help students demonstrate language skills.
o Any problem presented in the video can help teach problem solving skills.
o No matter what the topic, there is likely to be an opportunity to teach mathematical concepts such as modeling, graphing, monetary systems, etc.
o Educational videos can help teach "real life" math skills such as how to calculate the sale price at the department store and figuring the tip at a restaurant.
o Geometric shapes and patterns can only be taught with some form of visual representation, such as video.
o Videos can provide low-cost "virtual field trips".
o Because video allows students to "put themselves in the story" Social Studies videos can provide a first-person experience of a historical time period or an important person in history.
o Videos can be used to demonstrate lab exercises when actual lab materials and supplies are limited or not available.
o Environmental concerns both at home and in other parts of the world can be demonstrated "first-hand" via video.
Clearly, the use of educational video, in any discipline, helps student learn to accurately acquire information from visual and auditory sources, a must-have skill in today's technology-focused society.