Pros And Cons Of Using Video As An Education Medium

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Tips#1: Read Together Every Day
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.
Tips#2: Give Everything A Name
You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"

From distance learning programs to free YouTube coaching videos. Education has seen a new wave of trends. Textbooks are soon to become obsolete and tech-based education will soon transform the way schools and universities function all over the world. A student's entire school curriculum can be accessed by him with his finger tip. While most would feel that e-learning is a much needed change, it is necessary that we consider the various short-comings of this new trend.

Following are the advantages and disadvantages of video as a medium for coaching:


  1. Most flexible medium – Students can attend lectures anytime, anywhere, as many times they wish to and can skip parts they wish to just with a click.
  2. Increased attention – Most kids take a delight in watching visual content. Videos have the potential of explaining concepts better than textbooks because it is rich with pictures and not just text heavy.
  3. Rich in experience – It's not just visuals but also sound which gives students a multi-dimensional experience why learning and helps them understand concepts quicker.
  4. Self-study friendly – Not all students enjoy going to classrooms to learn. Classrooms can have more distractions than the space of your home. A student can log-in to watch videos at his own convenience.


Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
Tips#4: Be Interactive
Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.
  1. No scope for clearing doubts – Face-to-face communication is considered more effective than having someone teach you at a distance. A variety of doubts can crop up in the mind of the learner while the video lecture is being played but distance learning doesn't help with it much.
  2. Practice time – In subjects which require students to practice while studying – for example math's, video coaching does not help a lot. Unless a student is disciplined and motivated enough to practice on his own after watching the e-tutorial, video classes are of little help.
  3. Affordability – In lesser developed countries, not everyone has access to modern technology and internet. In the coming years the situation is likely to change but right now e-learning options are a bit too farfetched for the underprivileged people who are still waiting to avail the benefits of traditional education.

The above short-comings of current e-learning scenario can be taken as challenges which can be worked on and improved for enhancing the experience of students willing to take video lessons.

Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again
Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.
Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too
Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Updated: April 7, 2018 — 11:37 pm
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