College students bored in class? Try these online video tricks

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Keeping your students engaged during class can be tricky. As hard as you might try, does it seem like your lessons keep falling on deaf ears? If so, it might be time to consider incorporating videos into your curriculum. This might sound complicated, but it’s not, and there are many great ways to incorporate videos into your lectures. It also really sticks with students and entertains them. Video is super entertaining!

Here are a few simple ideas to help you easily engage your students with video.There’s a reason students spend hours on social media apps such as YouTube and Tik Tok. Video is super entertaining!

Use YouTube Videos to Refresh Student Focus

Sometimes your lecture may just become a little too monotone for your students to concentrate on. So, consider throwing in a YouTube video. The videos can be anything from something informative, to something funny, to something entertaining.

For example, a high school geometry teacher was teaching his students proofs. To illustrate the point, he played a clip from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The part of the movie where the townspeople and the knights are trying to prove if a woman is a witch or not, explained the concept of proofs perfectly. Even 15+ years later, his former students remember it and have even published articles about this method. It sticks with students.

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Share Video Snippets of Previous Lesson(s) in Class

Everyone can use a refresher from time to time. So, using videos to review points from previous lectures is perfect. In order to do this, you’ll need to be recording your lectures. If you find that you need to review a concept, consider using a clip from your past lecture. This ensures continuity and can build a stronger “backbone” for your new lecture.

Use Video Then Interactive Quiz

Another great idea to keep students engaged is to have them watch a video–whether it’s a short snippet with a few facts, or an entire taped lecture from you, you can have them watch the video, and then take a pop quiz. You can use free software such as Survey Monkey or Easy Polls to create pop quizzes and see how much information they retained. This will get them to pay more attention and keep them on their toes. No one wants to flunk a pop quiz!

Use Animated Educational Video

As great as lectures can be, sometimes they can be hard for students to digest. So, for the more complex topics, consider turning your textbook lessons into an animated video. Animated educational videos can bring concepts to life with colorful designs and simplified animations that help things “stick” in their head.

No matter how you decide to employ video in your classroom, it’s a great way to mix things up and really get students’ attention. If this seems like a great idea, but you’re not sure how to do it, it might be worthwhile to hire a video production team to get you started. They’re pros when it comes to videos, learning, and what truly engages audiences.