Notes:
  • There are specific multimedia resources that can be used to support teaching and learning processes, in particular videos.
  • Before the 1990s, teachers had to use limited content materials. They could not choose from a wide selection.
  • In the 1990s, a variety of material became available as video. However, the quality and the speed were low. Access to specific subject material was very difficult.
  • Today we have the Internet where many websites such as YouTube, Google Video, and TeacherTube, provide excellent educational videos.
  • Teachers can find up-to-the-minute information and give students the opportunity to learn beyond the “four walls” of a classroom.
  • Using videos, teachers can introduce abstract concepts, better than by the spoken word only.
  • According to the BC Ministry of Education, K-12 teachers must incorporate technology into their instruction. (http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/technology/6-9.htm , http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/drafts/ela812_draft.pdf)
  • Universities all over the world are now making videos and lectures available for free as podcasts through iTunesU.

It is important to note here that we operate under the assumption that there is value in using internet video in the classroom, as:

  • It can augment and stimulate discussion and debate
  • Internet videos (such as YouTube) can be embedded into other formats to include commentary like this: