As a teacher, it is likely your greatest moment of the day or week is when you can see your students have made the connection between a concept and its application to life. Their demonstrated understanding of an idea so new to them makes all your effort worthwhile. When you use the latest tools available to incorporate new lessons into your classroom, it makes the journey from questioning to understanding that much more fruitful.
Educational DVDs and educational videos provide an excellent tool to lend to your lesson plans. When used as a tool for critical thinking, they challenge your students to do more than just absorb facts. You can easily equate the experience to that of the latest video game. It can be interesting to watch someone else play the game, but you don’t really grasp the concept until you play it yourself. Interactive videos combined with active learning lessons help to create an environment where critical thinking blossoms.
The use of educational DVDs and educational videos allow you to capture the visual and auditory element of the process right away. The sounds and pictures are important as they create the visual idea or concept that becomes the hook. Students then use this hook to connect other concepts, thus developing critical thinking. In other words, your students learn the concept, remember the concept and then apply the concept.
Life in general is built around problems. We learn when we understand how to solve those problems and apply similar concepts in similar situations. In education, the problem-based learning format challenges students to discover what they already know about a subject so they can apply it to similar problems that can arise in personal or professional areas of their lives. It also encourages students to attempt increasingly difficult tasks through the use of hints, model approaches and methodological suggestions.
The use of educational DVDs and educational videos lends to this concept in that they encourage thinking beyond the concepts presented on the screen. When you as the teacher extend on the lesson through active learning activities, students build on the developing skills to maximize the potential of the learning opportunity.
The Importance of Critical Thinking
It is important to note that learning is not merely the transformation of knowledge. As a teacher, you know simply telling a student something will not immediately translate to comprehension and application. Most children have to be told something many times before they will even remember they heard it. Asking them to apply what they heard in similar situations is too difficult a challenge if they are not given the proper tools to learn how to do so.
This is where critical thinking comes in and enriches the learning experience. When a student can watch an educational DVD or educational video and participate in an activity that applies the lesson learned from the visual experience, critical thinking skills are exercised and enforced. When the lesson is removed and students can demonstrate the same critical thinking skills, the teacher has been successful.
If you’re ready to start experiencing the benefits of using video in the classroom.