Do we need more movies in the classroom?

In a flipped classroom, teachers work one-on-one with students

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In a flipped classroom, teachers work one-on-one with students

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Ever since the invention of the motion picture camera in 1892 people have considered the practical uses of video. The camera is an under appreciated piece of technology in the modern age. With the popularity of Netflix and Youtube, media has reached more people than ever before, yet teachers don’t use it as much as they should.

First, students like to learn at their own speed and videos on laptops allow them to. The school gives up laptops and it is a shame that teachers don’t use them as much as they could. Teachers can very easily take their lesson for the day and record it so that students can watch it at their own pace, or rewatch it.

When students are given the option to rewatch a teachers videos, it can be very helpful as a study tool. This is especially true in math classes where it is very difficult to catch up if one is lost.

Secondly, a flipped classroom is when students do homework in class and watch video lessons outside of class made by the teacher. This can be great for both teachers and students.

For teachers, a flipped classroom allows them to do less lectures and more one on one homework review. In the flipped classroom, the student’s individual needs are more important than the teacher’s lecture.

For students, a flipped classroom allows for much more flexibility than normal style teaching. An individual student who is struggling now has time to get help and not have to worry.

Flipped classrooms also encourage students to do their homework. As a student, I am much more likely to do my homework if I am given class time to complete it and if I have a resource to help me answer a question I don’t know the answer to.

Thirdly, students learn better with engaging videos rather than from lectures. If a teacher assigned videos from youtubers that are experienced in video production, they are very engaging to students who already watch large amounts of videos. Then the teacher can supplement with their own videos to fill in the gaps.

In conclusion, video can be an invaluable resource for both students and teachers, especially since the school gives us laptops. Flipped classrooms can be helpful for students who are ahead and students who are struggling. When it comes to education, videos are the future.