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ViewSonic: Maximising video’s impact in class

OpinionHigher Education
By Heather McLean | 5 May 2017
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Create DateMay 5, 2017
Last UpdatedApril 20, 2017

By Tony White, AV product manager, ViewSonic Europe.

The evolution of technology has provided teachers and students with new ways to engage with education in the 21st century. Prior to the digital era, traditional education was restricted to lectures and physical textbooks. However, the mass adoption of technology in the classroom has transformed the way educators can use digital content to enhance their lessons and increase student engagement.

With both teachers and students willing to engage with technology, the global e-learning market has grown considerably in recent years, with forecasts estimating it will surpass 243 billion US dollars worldwide by 2022.

Tools like websites, apps, e-learning games, e-books and virtual tutoring have all been successfully implemented in schools across the UK. As a result of this multimedia learning experience, students are more engaged, have instant access to knowledge via the internet and get a personalised education based on their individual learning needs. All students learn at a different pace and access to technology and e-learning materials enable them to take learning outside of the classroom.

Importance of video

Video is one of the core components of digital content. Whilst teachers have been using it to support effective learning for decades, the use of laptops, interactive whiteboards and tablets in the modern classroom has resulted in video playing an even greater role in student development.

The latest research indicates that video content not only inspires and engages students but actively facilitates the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In fact, the benefits go beyond general attentiveness and enjoyment of the material, with strong evidence indicating that the use of digital video content results in increased student motivation, an enhanced learning experience and higher grades.

Many teachers already regularly use video, images and online articles to aid in the learning process. A relatively new phenomenon that is dramatically on the rise is the use of teacher-created videos. In a recent Speak Up survey, more than 20% of US teachers were developing and displaying their own video content to actively support the curriculum. When used as part of the wider online toolset, that includes online textbooks, animations and virtual learning labs, teachers can use this to assign video projects instead of essays, improving student creativity and collaboration.

Support by modern AV

It is essential that the display of digital content is effectively supported by modern audio visual (AV) solutions capable of meeting the needs of both schools and students. In recent years, cost effective, high performance AV products such interactive whiteboards and projectors have successfully helped improve the multimedia learning experience in UK schools. However, it is important that these solutions include adequate audio and anti-glare screen technology so that content can be enjoyed anywhere in the classroom.

Finally, as with all aspects of education, it is important that teachers engage with parents regarding the use of video content and e-learning tools outside of the classroom. By teachers making lesson videos that would have traditionally been presented during school time available online, students can easily access these at home, empowering them to take control of their own learning and enabling them to learn at their own pace. By having the support of parents in this process, students can engage with content on a more regular basis to improve their understanding, allowing teachers to cover more of a subject matter in greater detail.

Propelled by the increased availability of technology, faster internet connectivity in schools and an uptake in digital learning, the use of video-based content in classrooms will continue to rise. By optimising the use of video, schools and teachers can improve the learning experience for students and actively encourage learning, both inside and outside the classroom environment.

ViewSonic Europe is a global provider of computing, consumer electronics, and communications solutions. 


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