CIC Snapshot: Developing Video Tools in the Age of Khan

At the 2015 Content in Context conference researchers, publishers, and educators discussed how video can enhance student learning. Below are some of the pitfalls, as well as the potential, of using video in the classroom.


  • Lack of bandwidth
  • Difficulty accessing materials due to school filters
  • Content and format going out of style
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Watching video instead of performing hands-on activities, where appropriate (e.g., science experiments)
  • No embedded assessments—videos just keep playing and don’t know when students don’t understand something


  • Connecting abstract concepts with a real world problem that is meaningful to the classroom
  • Providing opportunities for teachers to personalize their lessons
  • Opening the doors for student collaboration
  • Reinforcing lessons in an accessible format—often good for ELL and special needs students
  • Produced in a format that speaks to the world of students today 

Overall, the theme of the panel was that being able to analyze, use, and develop multimedia is an essential skill for students. Video’s purpose has gone beyond something a teacher puts on because he’s tired and it’s a Friday, though, said the panelists. Teachers aren’t looking for full-length features. As reinforced in a new study from Kaltura, most want clips that illustrate a specific lesson. Educators are eager to find more materials with video components that they can easily integrate into their curriculum. 

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