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Video in the Classroom

In the grand scheme of things, YouTube hasn’t been around long.  Videos used to be much harder to come by.  Now, in a matter of just a few seconds, pretty much any video about just about any topic can be accessed on the World Wide Web.

This technology has been a great benefit to education.  Each passing year, more and more professors are incorporating video into lectures.  This is great because it helps keep students’ attention by providing variety.  I sometimes find my attention drifting during a long lecture, but when visuals such as videos are used, it puts me back on task.

Sometimes words don’t quite capture what a video does.  The cliché “a picture is worth a thousand words” definitely applies here, except a video is multiple pictures and often has sound, so that would make it worth several thousand words.

I have had very few classes that did not incorporate video into the learning process in some way.  It is great that professors are able to do this because adding different types of media to the curriculum is helpful to students of all ages.

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