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Why is using video in teaching so valuable?

How often do you view a YouTube video to learn something that helps you do your job? Once a month? Once a week? Daily?
Research has shown that half of all employees view YouTube videos for work-related information at least once a week.
Even more strikingly, nearly a quarter of them do so daily.
The cognitive science behind the benefits of video-based learning isn’t new; people tend to learn best when concepts are conveyed visually, and most of us comprehend abstract concepts better by watching demonstrations. - So what about classroom teaching?

The days of standing in front of the classroom and “lecturing” are long gone. By using video, teachers can keep students engaged in new and innovative ways.

Video is also proving to have solid results when it comes to learning outcomes—from higher results to increased engagement with learning materials to increased comprehension.
Including video in classroom instruction offers numerous benefits for both educators and students. These include time saved introducing new concepts as well as the ability for teachers to build authentic relationships through mentorship. Video is also proving to have solid results when it comes to learning outcomes—from higher test scores to increased engagement with learning materials to increased comprehension.

Here are four ways video can have a powerful impact on teaching and learning:

1. Engagement

Video brings together two things that the written word can’t: body language and tone of voice. Combined, these play a significant role in teaching a subject. Because our brains process visual images almost 60,000 times faster than the written word, video naturally engages students more than many other teaching methods. Indeed, studies have shown that video learning has positive outcomes on multiple levels, including increased motivation and deeper learning, and can specifically impact students’ ability to facilitate discussions and identify problems.
This applies to teaching about Jewish concepts too.


2. Effectiveness


Video learning is effective on both sides of the classroom; educators can use it to create time and space for active learning. Once a video is created, it can be reused and updated as needed, leaving more time in the classroom for live discussions and engagement with students. Studies have shown that video lectures are effective because they allow class time to be used in more engaging ways.

Demonstration are always exciting in a classroom, but the desired result is not always achieved. Some pupils cannot see, don’t hear or just don’t understand the whole process.

Because videos can be watched repeatedly until the material is fully grasped, they let students learn at their own pace and in their own time. So having a video demonstration serves a huge benefit. In a flipped classroom, students watch video lessons for homework and use class time to dig into the content with teachers.
With Ji Tap you can insert a prerecorded video or YouTube video, couple that with questions and activities and then assign it to students acting as an excellent flipped learning resource.


3. Inspired Thinking

Visual cues combined with audio play a huge role in the comprehension and retention of new material. Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey claims one minute of video equals approximately 1.8 million written words. So when video is used in the classroom, students are are forced to think critically when introduced to complex content.

Though video is powerful for education, it only achieves its maximum impact if there are pauses that enable the student to absorb what has been taught. Ji Tap’s video feature enables you to cut the video to the desired length, but not only that it will instantly produce a new slide with the remainder of the video, enabling you to start from where you left off. Question slides can then be inserted between clips with ease, achieving that pause that learners require to absorb the lesson and be inspired thinkers.

Inspired thinking can also be found in the minds of students when they create their own videos. By giving students the chance to produce their own videos, they are able to engage both the analytical and creative parts of their brain. They are also inspired to collaborate in a team environment and become active learners of new technologies. This can certainly be achieved using Ji Tap.

4. Video For All

Traditional teaching methods—such as standing in front of the classroom—often ignore students with special needs. And while people with learning and physical disabilities make up significant percentage of the population, many teachers receive no special education training. Inserting the correct videos can make the difference to that special needs child, who really needs visual tools to inspire learning.

Ji Tap is used in a number of special needs schools and settings, aiding young learners to not only engage with learning but also connect them to their Jewish heritage.

Video also allows dissemination of educational knowledge to classrooms around the globe. A teacher in London can easily create a Ji Tap video resource for children in Toronto, Sydney or Johannesburg. This is possible due to the over 5000 games and resources available on the Ji Tap cloud.

So a quick recap of the benefits:


Save time introducing new concepts

Effective learning for home/flipped learning

Inspired thinking

Learning at a desired pace

Increased comprehension

Special needs access

Dissemination of knowledge

So why not download Ji Tap and start the engagement today!

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Sammy Morhaim

Written by Sammy Morhaim

Sammy Morhaim is the UK and European manager of Jewish Interactive. Sammy was recently Head of Jewish Studies at the King David School Manchester, an outstanding school, where he also led training on using iPads in education. An innovative and energetic Jewish educator, his passion is in keeping Judaism relevant and he often lectures on the subject. He is an expert in combining educational pedagogy with technology and has developed many digital games for Jewish learning. He has had practical experience implementing technology in his classroom and in many other school settings. Sammy has two BA degrees, in Humanities and Education respectively and he is a Qualified Teacher. Sammy studied in Yeshivot Ohr Sameach, Kerem B'Yavneh and Aish HaTorah.

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