The internet is so often criticised when it’s mentioned alongside the well-being and education of children. Parents and teachers alike can all too often assume that the world of the internet serves as not only a distraction, but a hindrance to the learning of kids in our society. Although in some ways this may be the case, with several case studies linking social media to the deterioration of mental health in teens and adolescents, have you ever actually stopped to consider how the internet could be helping our kids in their education?
There are so many resources available online, particularly online videos, which have been proven to provide fundamental teaching resources for adults and in turn, have helped kids to study.
But how exactly is this the case?
Well, today, we’re going to be taking a look at exactly how online videos are helping kids around the world to study, and improve their education.
Videos Create an Experience
Whereas once upon a time, studying influential political speeches, let us say, was done by pouring over mounds of text and analysing it word for word, today, kids can quite literally experience the moment in history in question using video.
Online videos can take so called “boring” facts written in a book, and transform them into something quite real in the minds of our youngsters. It’s difficult for them to imagine the hardships of the war, the emotional impact of the “I have a dream” speech made by Martin Luther King, and the exotic animals which cry for their babies as their species become extinct on the other side of the world. Why tell then, when you can quite literally, show them?
This is great, not only in a studying sense, but in a sense of developing empathy too. Developing skills and feelings like that are integral in the upbringing of a child, and visual learning can help them to get a grasp on these skills and feelings at a young age, which in turn, helps us to produce a more well – rounded society in future generations.
As a Method of Teaching, Online Video is Flexible and Inclusive
Some children are more naturally “academic” than others, it goes without saying, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t all have the same capacity to learn and thrive in their studies. Sometimes, it just takes a different approach.
A child who struggles to sit and read for long periods of time, perhaps due to conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or dyslexia, is far more likely to become engaged by a video, than by simply setting down a textbook in front of them. After all, shouldn’t the classroom be all about exclusivity
But it doesn’t just begin and end in the classroom. Kids are encouraged and instructed to go home and further their learning in completing their homework – and if a video makes this more accessible to not only them, but their parents too, then we see this as an absolute plus.
Furthermore, videos are great, because despite feeling as if you’re learning in “real time”, they actually give teachers, parents, and kids partaking in independent study, the opportunity to stop, pause, rewind and fast forward. This means, no matter what the learning capacity of the child, they are able to view the video and ultimately absorb the information in their own time frame – and not depending on how fast they can read, write, and engage in the classroom.
When you consider that, online videos are pretty amazing in the aid of helping youngsters to learn and study.
Online Videos Give Us Access that We’ve Never Had Before
Last of all, but by no means least, it’s important to remember that online videos – and the internet in its’ entirety – has given us access to resources that we’ve never had before.
Think about it. When parents and grandparents were young and they had a research project to complete at school, they had to source all of the information themselves independently. This would include going to the lengths of visiting museums and landmarks, borrowing books from libraries, and even collecting artifacts, magazines, and other memorabilia.
Now, not every child has access to the same resources – and in some cases wouldn’t be able to afford to go to museums and so on. Nowadays, just about everyone has internet – or access to it through school – which means no child is left at a disadvantage, and that all of them have the same tools and resources to learn, grow and study.