How to Use in the Classroom

Instructor: Janette Nikolakopoulos
Find out how you can use videos in your classroom to help introduce new topics, supplement your lesson plans, and reach multiple learning styles in this short video. Please note that the transcript contains additional information.

Hello! In this video, you'll learn how to use videos as part of your regular instruction in the classroom. Whether you're introducing a new topic, supplementing a lesson plan, or reinforcing knowledge at the end of a lesson, videos can help you reach and engage the different types of learners in your classroom.

Preparing to use in your classroom has thousands of lessons to choose from, so you can find videos on everything from specific concepts to subject overviews. Simply navigate to a lesson through the search bar, or use our subject filters to narrow the list of courses. If you haven't already, spend some time familiarizing yourself with our course and lesson offerings to help you determine when using videos would be most valuable for your students.

Our videos cover lots of subjects at many levels, so be sure to watch the full video before class to determine if the level and coverage is appropriate for your students.

Make planning easier by creating your own custom courses to set up your class curriculum in advance. You can create chapters featuring your favorite lessons that fit the needs of your class and are easy to share again in the future.

Introducing a new topic with a video

At 5-10 minutes in length, our video lessons won't take up a lot of class time and are a great way to introduce a new topic to your class. They can provide an overview of a broad subject, give concise information on various topics, and prepare students for the rest of the lesson. Show a video at the beginning of your lesson to prompt group discussions or writing assignments, jumpstart a hands-on activity or experiment, or transition into exercises in applying concepts.

Using videos to guide a lesson plan

Whether you're creating a new lesson plan or reviewing a familiar one, you can use videos to vary your instruction and make the most of class time. Break down complex topics by showing sections of a video throughout the lesson, interspersed with discussion, demonstrations, and other activities. The timeline on the video player marks important sections of the lesson, making it easy to navigate during class.

Our course organization also makes it easy to plan a lesson using multiple videos. For example, use three separate videos on carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins throughout the class time to guide a lesson on nutrition. Or, follow an introductory video on World War I with more detailed videos on important battles and treaties of the era for a complete class lesson.

Reinforcing and assessing knowledge

Every teacher knows that one classroom can hold several different learning styles. What helps one student learn and understand may not help another. Show videos in class to reinforce concepts and ensure that all students understand a topic and can participate fully in lesson activities. Every lesson is accompanied by a short quiz, which can be used as a group or individual assignment to assess student comprehension.

Using their own devices (phone, tablet, laptop etc.), students can participate in's interactive Quiz Party to answer questions displayed on the screen. This is a game that promotes class participation, improves long-term retention, and makes learning fun!

Showing videos in the classroom can help you meet a variety of instructional goals. Whether you're introducing a topic, organizing a lesson, or reaching different learning styles, can fit your classroom needs!

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