My answer would be NO but SORT of. I said “sort of“ since I also grew up watching cartoons (Batibot, Sesame Street, Super Friends and Scooby Doo, anyone?) and live action black-and-white shows such as Spider Man and Incredible Hulk. Back then, there are few educational shows and only a handful of TVs in the neighborhood. IN contrast, my kids would say, “We are YouTube kids!” and we’re using a smart TV or an android phone and a slow-to-moderate connection to the internet. See how times have changed for this new generation?
Going back, aside from looking into the 21st century skills, 4Cs and all, one particular study shared to us was on the effect of Knowledge Channel (KC) videos on the achievement of students. From Luzon and Mindanao, students were grouped into three learning environments: passive, active and lecture. (Let us not use the word TRADITIONAL, okay?) The passive groups were shown KC videos with no intervention, active classes were shown the same videos with teachers facilitating and processing, while students in the lecture groups were given the same lessons on the videos but did not watch any KC videos. As expected, students in the active groups with a very large effect became significantly better in performance than those in the other groups.
Reflecting on the data and findings shown, one might wonder about how mentors in this century are teaching the millenials. In a week, do we allow our students to watch clips then process what were shown? Or are we guilty of letting our students JUST watch videos, clips or films BY THEMSELVES only if we are in a meeting or have to be away from our class?
Studies have shown (e.g. Harwood & McMahon, Seels et al., and Zhang, Zhou, Briggs & Nunamaker) that videos were effective to support, rather than to replace, the classroom teacher. Interest, motivation, attitudes can be improved with the help of educational shows. Interactivity of the said shows is a key factor. Are the students made to either just passively watch or are they given time to answer, reflect and discuss? If some reinforcements (such as feedback and activities) can be done right away, then the greater is the chance for better comprehension and retention of what were learned.
But then again, there are problems faced daily by a teacher wishing to integrate videos in his/her strategies, especially for non-KC-supported schools. One is the availability of TELEVISION or projector. Who will buy the needed basic gadget: the teacher, the school, or the parents? Another would be the availability of educational videos suited to the topics. Although a lot would argue that the net offers a lot of downloadable clips; just have the patience and technical know-how to save, edit and play these clips. Techie teachers can even record their own videos. But aside from the needed resources, the bulk of EXTRA works on the shoulder of many educators hinders them to have the much needed TIME to do such things. Juggling a teacher’s time with family, church or community duties, school responsibilities and personal space requires some MAGIC and careful planning. But the key word always is PRIORITIZE. What should be done first, then next and next and next, until the last task can be done. Teachers, nevertheless, have to always bear in mind that the education of a child largely depends on what kind of learning environment we expose them to.
“Or are we guilty of letting our students JUST watch videos, clips or films BY THEMSELVES…”
So the next time that we use videos in our class, reflect on how best to enhance students’ learning by maximizing whatever available materials we have, Knowledge Channel TV or any of its counterparts.
Knowledge Channel Official Site: http://www.konline.ph