Most educators agree that, when used correctly, video increases interest, engagement, and retention. And teachers are using video in unique ways today, whether to teleconference to multiple classrooms or to stream a nature documentary in science class. Today’s streaming video platforms have many practical benefits for education. For example, because online content is accessible anywhere and anytime, it helps cut down on the academic impact of absences. And streaming services are eliminating the expense of building and managing bulky DVD libraries. But video services also help students learn and retain information. In fact, documentaries provoke 77% of millennials to share what they’ve learned. Here are a few ways you can use streaming video to improve your classroom instruction.Use It to Support Blended LearningYou can use streaming video to support blended learning models like the “flipped classroom.” Assign students tasks to view videos and live events outside of class. Then use the extra in-class time to explore ideas, answer questions, or collaborate. Streaming video also supports another key part of blended learning models: individualized learning. Students can view streaming content from anywhere at any time. That means they can achieve a better balance of their life and educational goals. Students have more time to consume content and the flexibility to rewind, pause, and rewatch. Stream Live EventsLive events make information more immediate and relevant. Students feel connected to events presented in real time, especially if they’re able to comment and ask questions. Use video platforms like YouTube and Periscope to broadcast live lectures, take kids on a virtual field trip, or stream student presentations for parents. And, as a live broadcaster, you can control who your audience is. Send private links to students and parents ahead of time. Live event videos on platforms like YouTube also archive your streams, so audience

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