Khan Academy and the Effectiveness of Science Videos

Do science videos really enhance learning? Pupils examine the facts in a video about videos. The narrator shows how science scholars perform on a quiz after watching a related video, then how they perform on the same quiz after watching a similar video tailored to address common misconceptions about the material.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • The resource can be used to initiate a class discussion about science learning styles and methods
  • Have the class try their hand at rewriting a science video by brainstorming common misconceptions about a certain topic
Classroom Considerations
  • Preface the video by describing Khan Academy if this is not a resource commonly used in your school
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Content encourages students and teachers alike to examine the effectiveness of video resources
  • The narrator provides data to back up his theory, making it more credible
Cons
  • None
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