Video notes, research behind it

Liam Wilcox, Staff Writer

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With the Internet becoming a substitute for job forms all across the world, some would say that it was just a matter of time until teaching too fell to the advancing force of the world wide web.

Gone are the days of raised hands and chalkboards; students are often required to instead view videos of a teacher lecturing on the material on the students’ own time instead of the assigned teacher in a classroom setting.

Online instruction and schooling is becoming more and more prevalent in American schooling every year, and the effects could be drastic.

One of the potential benefits is for absent students who, instead of copying their classmates’ notes from the days missed, can watch the notes online and not miss any of the content.

“The biggest thing is, when kids are absent, they used to copy down someone’s homework for notes, and then, they wouldn’t really know what was going on because they were missing the ‘whys’ for everything,” said math teacher Tracy Sauceda-Geoghan, who uses online notes.

Some critics, however, argue there is no substitute for teacher-student interaction during lectures and this will lead to students not understanding how to actually apply the material they’re learning.

Social studies teacher Brad Kurth, who chooses to lecture in class instead of making the video notes, said the interaction between himself and the students during the lecture is too important to him to miss by assigning video notes.

Much of the world has changed through the advent of the Internet, and schooling is no different. Video notes is the beginning of a long series of transformations in our education system moving towards a purely technological medium, and it almost certainly won’t be the last.


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