Reach a lot more students with an online course. Save money. Make teaching more engaging and fun. Offer flexibility and options for different types of students.
A quick example: recording a short welcome video can save lots of time, since teachers don’t need to repeat themselves each time. The list goes on; there are lots of good reasons to use technology in learning and teaching.
Another question: Why do I enjoy supporting teachers to use video and related technologies? Essentially, I believe that technology – when used well – can produce better learning and teaching experiences.
Learners who are offered more flexibility via technology are potentially more engaged, better equipped for learning and are, in turn, better able to meet their learning outcomes. Technology can make the learning experience more purposeful, collaborative, broad and meaningful for learners. Additionally, teachers who use technology are able to offer so much more to their learners.
It’s also about those more creative and compelling aspects of using video and related technologies in the classroom and beyond. I enjoy the process of using technology to design, develop and implement compelling and meaningful learning and teaching experiences. I regularly point a video camera at teachers and press the record button, however, this is a quite oversimplified description of how technology might potentially be used. I believe that using technology has more immediate potential across a wide range of learning and teaching situations.
Mark Parry is a freelance educational video producer, instructional designer and teacher with over 25 years experience.
Mark is based in Sydney, NSW and works across the entire learning and teaching spectrum – K-12, vocational, higher education & corporate – producing learning resources and training solutions and providing guidance, support and advice.
- education and training consultation and advice
- Welcome videos for online learning
- online educational videos
- e-learning content (text, photos, video)
- teacher guides
- train-the-trainer support
- curriculum mapping
- face-to-face and online training and professional development
- lesson plans and learner outlines.