7 Creative Ways to Use Video in Your Classroom

Video is a fun and engaging way to interact with students.

Video has never been so accessible in the classroom and students are learning more than ever.  Instead of creating instructional videos for students, how about giving them the chance to create their own? Here are 7 creative ways to use video in your classroom.

1. Have a newscast

One of the creative ways for students to catch up on current affairs is to create their own newscast.

You can setup a webcam in front of a desk and have them talk about world news. Using a webcam will allow them to see themselves as they speak in front of the camera.

It’s a fun ways to summarize what’s happening in the world and opens up the discussion on current affairs.

2. Travel the world without leaving school

There are creative ways to travel around the world without ever leaving the classroom.

You can assign each student a country. Through a screencast, they are able to show fun facts about the country using pictures and video. They can even travel through Google Maps and help discover cities along the way. This is a great way to engage a student in learning about the world.

3. Interview students in other schools

Partnerships with other schools around the country or even the globe can expose students with ‘how the other world lives.’

Students can use a webcam to interview each other about their perspectives on school, culture and even world issues. This is a fun and informative way to discover and enlighten students about ‘how the other world lives.’

4. Video presentations of projects

How about turning those in-class presentations to a video? Instead of dozens of eyes staring at a student in front of the classroom, turn it into a video presentation.

Children and video in the classroom
Student watches a video in the classroom.

The student will learn how to talk in front of the camera and they can re-record if mistakes happen. They can use a webcam to watch themselves. They can also use a screencast to present graphics or slideshows in their presentation.

This will quicken the pace and can save time in the classroom.

5. Instructional videos for a quick how-to

Kids love to show people how things work especially if it’s online. Have you ever had a kid show you how a video game worked? These situations open up a ton of opportunity to create instructional videos that students can produce.

Assign an online project to a student and have them show you how to use it. Use a screencast to record the instructional video. You’ll find the student engaged with the project and you may even learn a thing or two in the process.

6. Book reviews with a trailer

Getting students to read long books may be a challenge. How about having to read school book reports when they’re done reading? This is when you can use creativity in the form of video.

Ask your students to turn that report into a book trailer. They can create previews of what they read, talk about the characters and the plot.   All they need is a webcam to get started!

7. Research projects

Take a research project and liven it up with video. They can still write the paper but they could add video to supplement their work.

For example, a biology research project about herbivores can be shown through video. Have students show pictures/ video from a screencast in their project. It will help liven up the project and they can show their creativity through video.

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