Many schools serving K-12 and higher education populations resorted to a remote or hybrid curriculum as the coronavirus pandemic reached the United States in 2020.
Toward the end of the year, a disturbing uptick in cases added to new research concerning emerging, more contagious strains of the virus, have caused schools to rethink the idea of returning to an in-person learning environment.
Regardless of the virus, however, more school districts are considering permanent virtual school options in response to parent and student demand.
And, with more young people drawn to video learning from channels like TikTok and YouTube, communicating lesson plans, hands-on instruction, and learning activities through instructional videos is a smart and cost-effective way to enhance the learning experience.
Designing High-Impact Instructional Videos to Boost Learning
Video can create a better learning experience for students in both in-person and remote learning environments, making video technology a solid investment even if your school or district decides to return to an at-school learning model.
In fact, schools were using the “flipped classroom” model of learning where students watched instructional videos at home after school and did homework during school hours, even before the pandemic.
However, success with video learning requires the development of creative, engaging instructional videos to boost learning.
Here are some tips on how to take your instructional videos to the next level:
- Keep It Short
Studies show that video engagement drops after the ten-minute mark, so keep your videos short and to the point.
This applies to teachers using video conferencing software for live streaming as well as those creating bespoke videos for asynchronous downloads.
- Make It Visually Compelling
If you are creating a downloadable video, make sure it is simple, clear, and engaging. Slides that you can use during an in-person lecture may not be effective with video-only instruction.
Slides that are video-ready should use minimal on-screen text and use fun, eye-catching visual cues to highlight information.
- Choose the Right Equipment
Investing in the right equipment can make the difference between video success and failure.
Your recording device can be as simple as a laptop or mobile phone, but today’s interactive whiteboards and video conferencing software offer intuitive controls that make it easy to create smart, fun, and engaging presentations.
- Encourage Interaction
Students that take notes or interact during a video are more engaged — a quality that helps them retain the material better than their more passive brethren.
You can use embedded questions to measure understanding and provide personal feedback for students who are struggling or even allow students who demonstrate mastery the ability to jump ahead to other key points.
- Be Authentic
An engaging video begins with an engaging instructor, not an actor. Learn to speak to your remote students as if they were seated in your classroom — in a natural and conversational manner.
Be yourself and let your personality shine. Students appreciate the real person behind the instruction and are more likely to stay engaged when they are watching “their teacher” rather than “the video.”
Let Perry proTECH Help You Make Videos with Impact
We know that teachers and school districts are struggling to keep up with the remote learning transformation precipitated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Not only are schools under pressure to provide a high-quality learning experience for remote students, but they are required to do so under an already bare-bones budget.
At Perry proTECH, we have curated cutting-edge video conferencing solutions that are scalable, flexible, and intuitive. We even offer a wide range of interactive whiteboard technologies that are customizable to meet the needs, challenges, and budget of your school.
Our team of experts can help you choose the right technology for your online learning environment, train your staff on how to use it, and keep your equipment maintained and serviced so your teachers can focus on what is truly important — bringing a high-quality educational experience to your entire student body.
Start making your school an example of effective remote learning. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and discover how easy it can be to create engaging instructional videos that boost learning.