Quite often when using videos in your lesson plan be sure to follow these steps to ensure no one starts snoring but instead listen and learns:
- Before starting the video, explain what it is about. Explain if anything unique is to be expected, for example where was it filmed as the style of conversation may be different than usual.
- One way to be certain they pay attention it to provide them with a list of pre-prepared questions where upon finishing the video they can discuss their answers as a group.
- Show the video from start to finish then lead a discussion focussing on the question the participants were to look out for.
- Or the stop-start technique can be used. This is when the video is paused at strategic places where they can give their opinions. Research has shown that this method is most effective. There are three ways to use film-stopping intervals:
1.) Ask them how the specific section of the video relates to their positions at work
2.) “What would you do?” – this question allows the participants to analyse what would be the most appropriate action/ behaviour to that specific section of video
3.) Ask what the participants found of importance in that section of video, what was to be learnt
- Which ever way is chosen it is vital that the participants have adequate time to process the given information.