School Videos Teach to Many Learners and Learning Styles

If you’ve been in teaching for a while, you probably already know about the multiple learning styles – audio, reading, visual and kinaesthetic – that students (and all humans, including you and me) have. But did you know that school videos are ideally placed for reaching all these learning styles, possibly even more than other forms of multimedia and classroom technology.  

How is this possible? It’s obvious that videos are a great means of instruction to reach the visual learners -all those animations and pictures are pure educational gold to them – and to the audio learners, but what about the readers and the kinaesthetics? How do videos help them? And why are school videos better than other forms of classroom technology?  

Let’s start with the reason why videos are better than other forms of technology. The main reason why school videos are better is because they can usually be viewed on a larger screen that’s suitable for the whole class to watch. Unless you have a data projector that you remain in control of, most online teaching tools are viewed by individual students via laptop screens, and the students have to be sitting in their seats. I know you try your best to keep students on-task, but even the most angelic pupil can become distracted and go off-task online, which is one problem you don’t have when you’re showing school videos. You also know for certain that with a video, the whole class shares the experience.  

As for the different learning styles, here’s how videos reach each one:  

Visual learners: Videos are ideal for these learners. Concepts are presented with pictures, graphics and animations, which make everything easy to remember and understand for visual learners.  

Audio learners:  The soundtrack on the video – both words and music – reach the audio learners. Audio learners often learn well from the traditional talk-by-the-chalkboard, but using school videos gives them a chance to listen to a different voice. Videos often include songs and rhymes, which are great memorisation tools for audio learners.  

Reading learners:  If you are using a DVD player to show videos, then don’t forget to turn on the subtitles. Using subtitles isn’t just a tool for reaching the readers, either. If you have students in your class with a first language other than English, using the subtitles in their first language helps them understand the concepts without the language barrier.  

Kinaesthetic learners: When you’re showing school videos, you don’t have to keep all your students in their seats. If the kinaesthetics sit at the back of the class, they are free to move as they watch the video, without distracting other people. Kinaesthetics can dance (sort of) along with the soundtrack, or they can use gesture and mime along with what the presenter (or the animation) is doing. If you allow your kinaesthetics a chance to act out or dramatise what they have watched as part of your lesson, they will be able to process what they’ve learned on the video.  

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