10 Reasons Why Teachers Should Use Video in the Classroom

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"Communication through the use of video is as powerful and exciting as it has ever been in our history. Digital technology is revolutionizing the way we see the world, and how we become knowledgeable. We are not only consumers, but creators, whose ideas are vast, creative and more untapped than we have ever experienced before. The American educational system needs to not only embrace video and online digital media as a viable form of student learning, but educators need to encourage it, promote it, and become, active video creators and users themselves." -edreach - The Power of Video

As an example of the digital technology revolution, YouTube for Schools was just recently released and it already has over 450,000 educational videos and counting.  Check out the promotion video that was released on December 6, 2011 for more information.

YouTube For Schools emphasizes the importance of video in education. Below are 10 reasons why YouTube believes teachers should use video in their classrooms.

  1. Videos can Engage Students
  2. Spark a conversation
  3. Bring Lessons to Life
  4. Learn from other Teachers
  5. Science experiments
  6. Math help
  7. Foreign Language
  8. Free University Lectures
  9. World Events
  10. Educational Levels

There are lots of different ways in which teachers can use videos in the classroom, but here are five great ideas from the EduTechi that I highly recommend.
  1. Record Class Presentations – Record classroom presentations. Your lectures will be a great resource for your students to look back on what was said in class. Make your lectures available to the students, but for heaven’s sake, don’t charge them for it. If you record student presentations keep those around (with the student’s permission of course) and show the best one’s to your students in coming years of what a presentation or project should be.
  2. Video Projects – Nothing motivates a student like using exciting technology to create something amazing! Let the students have the option of using that excitement in their projects for the class. You’ll be amazed how some of the students grab onto something like this. If they post them online they will also be able to share their work with family and friends.
  3. Instructional Videos – Do you have a special topic you are teaching that would be useful to take a little field trip. Go out a day or two in advance and record an on site explanation of the topic. This will work great with science, history, archaeology, and many other subjects.
  4. Video Blogs – Create a class blog and have your students record their reactions to literary or other assignments and post them on the blog. Give them specific assignments and have them post those on the blog.
  5. Use Online Video Already Available – There are massive amounts of video already available online in all sorts of topic areas. Utilize that video in your curriculum. It will increase the student’s retention of the subject and encourage them to seek out educational video’s as well. As more and more teachers get into making video’s there will also be more resources available.


For the category of Online Video Already Available, I have created a quick list of credible video resources.
YouTube EDU: http://www.youtube.com/education
Ted Talks: http://www.ted.com/talks
Discovery Education Streaming: http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/
SchoolTube: http://www.schooltube.com/
TeacherTube: http://www.teachertube.com/
LoC YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress
C-SPAN: http://www.c-span.org/
Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/

Online Tools for Video Editing
YouTube Video Editor: http://www.youtube.com/editor
WeVideo: http://www.wevideo.com/ 
TubeChop: http://www.tubechop.com/
ViewPure: http://viewpure.com/
EmbedPlus: http://www.embedplus.com/
Spliced:  http://www.splicd.com/
Drag On Tape: http://www.dragontape.com/#/home


  1. To make video creation as painless as possible, always use royalty free or public domain music to avoid copyright infringement. I recommend http://www.freemusicpublicdomain.com/ It's a great resource for teachers looking for safe, royalty free music for your class projects or videos.

  2. Amazing article, I really enjoy your article, Thanks for sharing your article.


  3. Hi,
    I am Rebecca Antinozzi I am school teacher. Youtube has brought a great revolution in the field of education. Education is now closely related to YouTube. With the help of YouTube, a video sharing social networking site, the quality of education has developed. In the modern era YouTube place great position. Both the students and the teachers are getting best results in education to use YouTube.


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