al Khan the founder of Khan Academy tells a very interesting story when he was tutoring his cousin and had made some videos for his cousins on YouTube and his cousins said that they preferred his videos more than himself teaching them.
He realized there is a number of benefits of learning from videos. You can pause, rewind and forward the video at your convenience. You can also watch the videos again and again till you understand the concept. In addition, there are a lot of interesting videos available on the internet which can make learning fun and engage.
Though videos were started as nice to have it soon became an essential part of his teaching. He was able to teach more people through his videos and he started getting a lot of feedback which made him better at teaching.
Many teachers had used his videos to flip the classroom, the children were watching his videos at home and in the classrooms, they were doing the practice and the teachers were able to give more individual attention.
Does Sal describe how teaching with videos is different from the traditional classroom?
the class learns through lectures and gives tests but children who score less do not get feedback or help instead they get scores and grades which are not encouraging. the videos help you to try and try till you master a concept without penalizing yourself.
Children get to work in their own space and the data keeps track of their progress, so the teachers can use that to their advantage and help children who are struggling.
When you have the data on what children are learning, what parts of the video they are repeating, and how much time they are spending on the videos, you can change and improve your content.
The teacher has a clear idea of what concepts are too difficult for students causing them to get stuck, and where the majority of students are having trouble. This allows the teacher to go over those concepts in class or create additional resources to help those students.
Students have the liberty to self-pace their learning, teachers have more time to sit with the kids instead of sitting and analyzing data, and correcting papers.
Children can see their own progress, they learn concepts through animations and videos can be more engaging.
It can cater to all kinds of kids no matter where they are in the learning curve, all students can be engaged and it can work for all kinds of learners. Those who want to go faster can, those who want to pause and think through a problem or concept can, and those who want to review something again can.
It encourages peer-to-peer teaching, as children who have understood a concept can help their classmates who are stuck, it creates a community of support.
It changes the mindset from learning being something that happens to you, to learning being something that you do.
This is very interesting because this shows students don't need lectures to learn, they can effectively learn from videos. This could have a major impact on how classes are conducted in the future. It would be interesting to see if more and more teachers start using videos as a teaching tool.
The class time like Sal says can be used to discuss, and solve problems together and the teachers can be more like a guide instead of being the source of all knowledge. This would help create more engaged and interested students who are actively trying to learn and not just memorize for tests.
The best part children can go home and continue to learn what they have left in school, they aren't restricted by time or space. This would help them learn at their own pace and master concepts before moving on. In addition, it would allow parents to be more involved in their child's education as they can watch the videos with them and help them understand.
Videos are not just someone lecturing, they are engaging tools where the child has hands-on learning. Today I saw my son participating in a class where there were a bunch of books and the kids could pick books from the lot and categorize them as fiction and nonfiction. And I was like this is so much more engaging than just sitting in the class and being lectured to.
Children like to have their space on a learning platform, it makes it personalized for them and they feel like they have ownership over it. This could lead to more independent and critical thinkers who can take control of their learning.
My son loves it when he receives a medal or batch for his performance, he can start from where he left off. This makes the learning process more competitive for him and encourages him to keep learning.
I think this is a great idea, it takes away the pressure from the teachers to some extent, and they can now focus on other important things like building relationships with students and creating a positive classroom environment.
This is not questioning the ability of the teachers, but it is a different way of looking at how children can learn. It's about embracing the technology and the resources we have today to make learning more effective and fun.
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