|In February of 2011, 67% of Canadians watched over 5.1 billion videos online, with the average user viewing 232 videos. Online video is more prevalent here than in the U.S., and online video views in Canada increased by a hefty 37% between September 2010 and March 2011.But users are not just spending their time watching singing kittens and dancing wedding parties, they are increasingly streaming video to learn. In fact, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, 38% of Internet users view educational videos to learn everything from baking to mechanics. While Pew’s research was specific to the U.S., its findings are certainly relevant in Canada, where online videos are even more prevalent. Educators can embrace this trend with multimedia lesson plans that bring video learning to the classroom.|
Choosing the right video
Finding the perfect video for your lesson plan can be a daunting task. Between your school’s media library and the Internet, you are likely to find thousands of videos on any given subject. Here are a few tips to help you sift through the footage to find the right videos for your classroom:
Already using video in your classroom? Experiment with different ways to use video technology to increase interactive learning:
There are as many ways to integrate video into your classroom as there are videos online – all available at the click of a button. So go ahead get creative with video in your classroom!
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