Using Videos To Support Learning During Distance and Hybrid Learning

Videos are a powerful instructional tool for making learning more engaging and flexible for students. Here some tips to help you incorporate video to support your students during distance and hybrid learning.
Updated on: August 20, 2020

Videos provide an opportunity for teachers to differentiate their instruction and make material more equitable and accessible for students. As many teachers begin this school year online or in a hybrid model, leveraging video to “flip their classroom” will allow them to teach their students asynchronously, which makes learning more flexible for students and their families. We collaborated with one of our favorite resources, Study.com, to share tips for how to use videos to support your students during distance and hybrid learning. 

Tip #1: Use Videos to Engage Your Students

We all know it can be challenging to hold the attention of students and are constantly looking for ways to vary our lesson plans. Including short, fun video lessons is a great way to keep students interested.

Tip #2: Make Sure Students & Parents Know How to Access the Videos

Your students may be doing learning at home under the supervision of a parent. Make sure everyone understands the features they can use, such as the ability to rewatch videos, and where they can access technical support.

Tip #3: Use Learning Objectives & Knowledge Checks

One of the challenges of using video for distance learning is assessment and checks for understanding. How do we know that the video helped students learn the material? How can we get feedback from our students if we aren’t there with them? Prior to showing the video, share learning objectives or “I can” statements so they are clear on what they should learn. Use a tool like EdPuzzle to add questions to videos to check for understanding throughout or include a quiz at the end of the lesson. On Study.com, you can customize videos to encourage critical thinking and review concepts by creating text slides that appear during playback

Tip #4: Ensure Videos Are Made By a Credible Source

There may be plenty of videos out there, but not all videos are created equally. Vet videos to make sure they have been created by experts so you can trust your students are receiving accurate information.

Tip #5: Flip Your Classroom With Video

Whether you’re teaching in-person, online or in a hybrid model, consider sharing videos with students the day before the actual lesson. They can preview the material, and you can spend more time working with small groups and individual students rather than teaching a whole-class lesson. This allows you to maximize your time with students for remediation, reteaching, and individualized support.

Tip #6: Personalize Your Instruction With Video 

The most effective teachers teach grade level content, while also supplementing their curriculum with targeted remediation or advanced information so they can meet the needs of a variety of skill levels. The reality is that in a class of 25-30 students there are a variety of learning gaps. Students don’t always have the pre-requisite skills and knowledge needed to do grade level work. Additionally, some students may need extra challenges to feel engaged. Teachers can create a free student account on Study.com, and share videos with individual students, small groups or the entire class.

Tip #7: Customize Videos To Increase Equity and Access

It’s important to keep in mind that not every student learns the same way. By addressing multiple learning styles, you can reach more students and make sure materials are more accessible to all learners. For example, use videos that have written transcripts and features like closed captions. This combination of delivery methods can meet the needs of auditory, visual and read learners.

Tip #8: Use Videos Consistently to Create Systems

Students need consistent routines and procedures to create structure for their learning. This is even more important when you are teaching students in a hybrid model or online. Think strategically about how you will use videos, what types of videos, and when, and be consistent. For example, if you plan to use videos to flip your classroom, consider using short instructional videos from Study.com to introduce a new topic or skill. If you want to use videos to build classroom community and culture, consider sharing a weekly welcome video on Mondays where you overview the week, and a wrap-up reflection video on Fridays. 

Videos are a powerful instructional tool for making learning more equitable and engaging for students. Use these tips as you plan how video can support your students during distance and hybrid learning. 

Author Bio:
Julie Mason was a middle and high school English teacher, and is a blended and personalized learning instructional coach. She works 1:1 with teachers and facilitates virtual and in-person professional development. She also writes educational content for a variety of publications, including TeacherVision where she oversees the blog and the advisory board.

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