Teaching using digital video in secondary schools
Teaching using digital video in secondary schools

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Teaching using digital video in secondary schools

1 Lights – can DV illuminate teaching?

TV, mobiles, gaming consoles – students interact with digital media every day. Indeed, inbuilt digital cameras on mobiles have become increasingly popular with a generation that demands the freedom to interact with digital imagery any time, anywhere. If this need can be harnessed, digital media has an important and powerful role to play in education.

Do you want to engage students in a lesson that will encourage the development skills listed below:

  • Creativity

  • Self-reflection

  • Communications skills

  • Time management skills

  • Team work

And much more?

If the answer is yes, digital video (DV) offers an opportunity to not only enrich your lessons but also to explore teaching and learning with a new dimension.

‘What are the benefits of this to learning and how will it enrich my lesson?’ are the first questions a teacher always asks when introduced to a new technology.

A pilot scheme by BECTA in 2002 found that the integration of DV into classroom practice has the potential to enhance learning across all curriculum areas. In particular, DV:

  • increases pupil engagement with the curriculum;

  • promotes and develops a range of learning styles;

  • motivates and engages a wider range of pupils than traditional teaching methods, so providing greater access to the curriculum.

DV is a very creative activity that encourages discussion and planning, as well as communication, technical and ICT skills, and the development of ideas. It also instils the ability to discriminate and to evaluate. BECTA reported that students develop the ability to be self-critical of their work and are constantly motivated to tweak and refine what they produce.

BECTA sounds a word of caution, though. The integration of DV technologies into subject teaching does not automatically improve the quality of work or standards of attainment. High-quality teaching and a well-designed project focus remain key factors in raising achievement.


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