In today’s classrooms, it’s more likely that a student is on their electronic device looking at some sort of video rather than listening to what’s actually being said by their professor.
One must ask themselves is the issue with the student’s ability to pay attention or is it with the teacher who lacks the ability to hold the student’s attention?
The truth is they’re both at fault here. The student should definitely be more interested in their lecture than some silly cat video but the professor should also cater to their teaching style to keep up with these media-fueled times.
So what’s the solution?
Video! Not only can this medium be used as entertainment but it can also be used as a very effective learning aid in any classroom.
Visual teaching aids allow students to experience learning in a completely different way. For some it may clarify something that was misunderstood in the text or in lecture, for others it’s a welcomed change from the same (one might even say boring) lecture.
So get them excited! Students who have been exposed to visual teaching aids exhibit exceptional media literacy as well as a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
Well what does that have to do with the classroom? Through the magic of video production and other technological practices, the same principles can be applied to the classroom. By using video as a teaching aid you get students to take on an active role in their learning and make them excited for the next lecture.