Videos for Learning: Beyond the Filmstrip

Go back in time with me to grade school. Remember when the teacher would wheel the film projector into class? That sense of relief? Followed by the thought, “Finally, a break from all the lectures!” We would pay far more attention to whatever warbled images the projector would throw onto the ripped screen pulled down from the ceiling than anything the teacher said all year long. Does that memory give you a least a little insight into how people learn?

Even though the classroom film seemed at the time like a chance for teachers and students to get a break from one another, it was actually a valuable teaching tool. Yet, organizations seem very reluctant to wheel out the old projector. What I wouldn’t give to hear the “thwap, thwap, thwap” of the film finishing the journey from one reel to the other.

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