The statistics in the images above are from Cisco, a US networking company.
Amazing and maybe just a little scary.
In the span of a few years, we have gone from waiting endlessly to accessing bits and pieces of information via a dial-up phone connection on America Online to streaming live video instantly to millions of viewers on a mobile phone apps like Periscope.
And the avalanche of videos is not ending there. In fact, I think that this is just beginning.
Let’s think about why the popularity and use of videos on websites is skyrocketing
- Video satisfies the information and entertainment needs of the viewers immediately. Instant gratification
- Video is naturally engaging for viewers. The more interested a viewer becomes, the longer they stay on a site.
- Video is interactive and informative. It is easy to create, share and edit through social media and mobile apps
- Video conveys emotion and tome that do not come across in text
- Video has unlimited reach and potential. YouTube is the 2nd most popular search engine on the Internet. Only Facebook tops that!
- Even your Google ranking improves with t he use of videos. It good for on-line business
Does the use of video have its limits on the web?
- Video links are often broken and must be checked regularly if you plan to use a clip at a different time
- Depending on the speed of your internet connection, videos can have slow load times, making viewers eager to move on to a different site.
- Not all videos play on all media devices. For example, Apple products do not support Flash.
How can you use videos in the classroom?
Here are a few ideas, as suggested by the National Teacher Training Institute from Thirteen.org
- Virtual field trips. This year, I took my students on a virtual trip through Native American history and had a cool Skype session with some awesome historians too.
- Illustrate concepts in 3D like how blood pumps through the heart.
- Show experiments that can’t be completed in class
This video shows a few more suggestions
I am a visual learner. I learn much faster and completely when I can see how to do something instead of just read about it or listen to someone describe it. To learn how to add closed caption to a YouTube video that i made, I did not look up step by step directions a, I Googled a How-to video and understood the process in 3.5 minutes. Done. I could pause, stop. rewind or replay the video as many times as I needed. I bookmarked the video in my favorites so that I could access it again anytime. The availability of video makes my life easier and learning more interesting.