October 24, 2017

By Carolyn Hollowell

Educators are the most innovative population of people on our planet. Thanks to their insight and usage of technology in the classroom, Lightspeed has been able to broaden our focus from classroom audio systems to the world of video.

In today’s modern classrooms, students use video to complete projects that align with the essential 21st-century skills. Additionally, teachers are beginning to discover the power of video for peer-to-peer collaboration, coaching, and professional development. But video can be used for so much more. We talk to a variety of administrators, coaches, and classroom teachers every day, and have compiled a list of the most creative, out-of-the-box strategies for using video in the classroom.


1) Virtual PD

In the classroom, every moment with students counts. More districts are taking advantage of flexible PD options that keep teachers in the classroom. Our new Activate system allows educators to capture their lessons and share them with fellow teachers, instructional coaches, and their administration—without ever leaving their classroom. Viewers can then provide feedback on their own time as opposed to having to sit in on classes and provide in-person feedback.


2) Flipped Classroom

If you can’t be live in front of your students, the next best thing is to send them a video. Schools across the nation are having teachers record their lessons to send to students digitally. One district uses video to engage students during an eLearning Day once every two weeks. Instead of attending school, students watch videos recorded by their teachers and complete work at home. This model can also be used when there is severe weather, like a snowstorm, and school is canceled.


3) Language Labs

The most effective way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it and experience clear language modeling from expert speakers. Foreign language teachers are latching onto the power of video as a resource for students to hear correct pronunciation and usage of new words. Teachers record themselves speaking and students can watch the video and play it back as much as they need to. Educators can create an entire library of videos for students to use as a reference at any time.


4) Assessment and Evidence of Achievements

“Does my child actually know how to speak French? Because I’ve never heard a word.” This is a statement made by parents all over the nation. Video is a helpful tool to show a parents and educators proof of a student’s knowledge. Students can create videos of themselves speaking a new language or doing a presentation, and the teacher can assess the student based on the video. These video presentations can also be shared with parents—the possibilities are endless.

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