While video tutorials can be quite helpful in understanding difficult concepts, what might not be as evident are the benefits of using video for peer-to-peer instruction. Sure, study groups are an age-old learning tool that help students grasp concepts better and allow them to relate more easily to the content. But when you marry that idea with video, you can get undeniably powerful outcomes.
The “Ah-ha” Moment
We’ve all experienced moments when suddenly a light bulb comes on and we just get it. Once a concept clicks, typically it becomes easier to explain. Students who experience this can be a great resource to struggling peers who haven’t quite made the same leap. Using video is a great way for students to walk through the process of how they found their way to clarity.
The Ladder of Trust
Think of trust as rungs on a ladder—the higher the rung, the higher the amount of trust. Oftentimes for students, their peers have a higher level of credibility than someone considered an authority. Because students trust their peers, having them record videos to teach concepts to each other can be an effective way to illustrate how to solve difficult concepts.
These days, students long for creativity in the classroom. With social media giving them constant gratification, it can sometimes be difficult to keep their attention. Allowing students to use videos to teach each other provides a creative way for students to learn and engage. Fostering an effective learning environment has a lot to do with a teacher’s ability to mix things up and provide creative outlets for learning to happen.
Student interaction can have a powerful impact inside and outside of the classroom. Videos are a great way to spur that interaction. Start with a handful of your top performers and see if other students are receptive to the idea.Once your class is in the habit or creating and learning, you can expand the practice to larger groups of students.