4 Steps to Teaching a Great Video-Based Lesson​

Did you know that visual cues help students retrieve information? Research shows that people are far more likely to remember what they see rather than what they hear.

If you want to improve student engagement as a teacher, I recommend that you incorporate teaching with video into your classroom. In this blog post I will walk you through the four must-take steps to teaching a fantastic video based lesson.

1. Have a Pre-Viewing Discussion or Brainstorm

Elicit previous knowledge from your students about the subject covered in the video that your students are going to watch. This short discussion should encourage your students to think about the video topic. Also, it's always fun to come back at the end of the lesson to compare what the students knew before, and what they know after the lesson ends.

2. View the Video

Either the whole video at once, or watch it piece by piece, stopping to discuss or summarize. The video should provide your students with a concise overview of the subject matter. Don’t forget to have something for them to do during the video! When I prepare a video and activities kit, I always include something simple to keep their attention on the video, something they have to complete by the time the video is done.

3. Complete a Post-Viewing Activity

Once your students have finished watching the video, ask them to complete at least one post-viewing activity to get them to process what they have learned. Pre-viewing activities help the students do some mental rehearsing of the material, keeping it in their working memory longer. This ultimately raises the likelihood that it will pass from there to the students' long-term memory – where the material that has actually been learned thoroughly ends up! This process is the reasoning behind my video and activities kits. For actual learning to take place, it's not enough to just watch an educational video. Video and activities kits save teachers all the prep time that it takes to make while-watching and post-viewing activities.

4. Review the Topics in the Video

Finally, encourage your students to review the topics in the video with a game or a game-based activity. You can use digital task cards, where students can answer questions about the subject matter on a smartphone or tablet (or the whole class together on a Smartboard). In this way, you get ALL of your students actively using the knowledge they have gained, while doing something they actually enjoy, playing a digital game!

Teaching in the 21st century has come a long way. Video-based lessons are a fun, interactive way to engage, inspire and educate students in your classroom.