Student YouTube-Style Learning
Students of all ages are relying on touching screens, and YouTube-Style video options for learning in school and at home. The ability to touch a screen in order to scrub through to important, or critical learning in a video clip online has become so familiarly useful that when we can’t do it, the frustration is maddening. Certainly you’ve experienced the daily, “if I could only play that back and hear it again” comment. Today, it isn’t just a case of reading how to, we want to see it as well as experience it, and if we can’t touch the screen to make that happen, we feel slighted as learners. It brings back the humor in the story of a student quizzically examining his textbook, and then asking his teacher, “Where’s the playback button?”
Most of us have experienced sitting in a classroom, listening to a teacher’s lesson, and scrambling to take notes at the same time. That was the norm, and unfortunately still is the norm in many classrooms today. The problem with it is that majority of us need to hear more than once, and see more than once, and do it more than once to understand. If there’s no replay button on a lesson, there could be, and today there should be. The technology to do lesson replay easily is available. That learning playback could be done using a simple camera and standalone touch screen, or with personalized handhelds doing the same thing in the hands of each classroom learner.
It’s time to take writing to learn, and hearing to learn and doing to learn into this century’s seeing, hearing, and touch control for learning. While a student in class could certainly ask a teacher to say it again, today, that is not enough. Any student who can touch a screen to manipulate a learning video has the ability to not only keep up with most students in a class, but also compete to be a top learner in any class as well. While it may take a few students one time to hear, or see something to learn it, or to do it, the reality is that most students need to experience learning more than once, and in many cases it needs to be five, ten, or more times. Today, that should be the norm.
The added value of this sort of touching the screens, YouTube-Style playback learning, is that educators quickly discover more topics and best ways to engage students better. This method of giving students the ability to replay their learning, and hopefully the learning action, is also a next step to other learning content generated by the teacher, students themselves, or online at appropriate resource places. Students controlling and replaying a lesson usually increases understanding, and anytime understanding is increased it tends to increase a learner’s desire and interest to know more. Play it again should be an education constant for all learners.