KHATIJA OSMAN has had many successful career paths before coming into the education field. She is currently a 4th year student studying Educational Psychology through UNISA. She is an intern at Durban Girls College. The internship program helps potential educators to grow whilst working alongside knowledgeable teachers, developing their teaching skills whist gaining experience.
Educational Psychology is her passion and since being a learner herself with previous learning barriers, she has understanding and compassion for all learners with different learning difficulties. She loves working with educators who only put their learners’ needs first.
On the 27th and 28th of April 2018 Ms Osman attended Google Summit held at Westville Girls’ High in Durban over the Easter Long Weekend. Over two days the Summit covered various workshops. She walked out of the Google Summit with the closing statement ringing in my ears.
As an intern one needs that X-FACTOR, in your lesson or you lost the learners before you begin. That day of her critique lesson, she went into school feeling silly and very nervous but tried the app, the learners instantly warmed up to this and the rest is history.
Y-NOT? / PROJECT V was developed from this summit.
As an educator it is important to remember these wise words.
“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”
Y/ NOT? Project V (simply means why not use vlogging in school?)
Why vlogging in classrooms?
For several years educators have been sitting down, writing out their plans with their Aims and Objectives of that lesson and if you are like Ms Osman, plan a running commentary of her thoughts on a subject matter and what she would say in that lesson for her not to get side tracked.
Vlogging has allowed her to take this lesson planning to a whole new level and direction she translated it into something less time consuming, enjoyable and now plans what is relevant for her learners’ and according to their existing knowledge. She decided Video is one of the biggest ways that learners can communicate to their educators and the outside world. many people are taking well this concept of vlogging. People are doing it personally, but more and more people are doing it for their businesses as well. So why not we as educators do the same.
The innovative thing about a vlog as opposed to using the same teaching methods and assessment methods or homework methods, is that it is unstructured because a vlog is much more personal, it's a detailed, direct conversation the learner is having with the educator, most importantly it's not conservative in terms of how you feed your learner knowledge and content about topics. Most importantly the learner connects with the educator and other colleagues, especially when you have various sized classes.
Vlogging lets people inside of your world. However, in terms of your learners, Vlogging lets you inside their world and not just see one little component but of their entire understanding or knowledge of the subject or topic and their day to day thinking of how their minds and thoughts how they are operating and processing information and knowledge.
Vlogging keeps learners thinking active and engaged in learning.
Vlogging is an educational brand with a specific focus, which is facilitating learning and getting learners to be psyched about school and psyched about learning through the craft of video production, so she makes sure that her vlog is focused on that specifically and every other subject is going to have a different focus or topic but with the same concept in mind, and each topic she sets is going to have a different personality in terms of the vlog and how it translates is up to the learners, that's developing and processing it.
This is a vivid way to educate an audience and for learners to demonstrate learning in terms of who they are. More so as an educator you can connect with them and it becomes a very effective way to facilitate learning and like Flipgrid says “Amplifying Learners Voices”.
Her learners’ vlogs are only through Flipgrid and Recap in terms of the topics and subjects that she covers at school.
This is a simple project and requires no very little to start and set up. It is small or no-crew production.
Educators and Schools should now be creating ongoing vlogs, which are video blogs offering educational or informational content that increases learners’ learning skills and helps the educator to ease their work load.
While certain vlogs may focus on a daily or weekly topic, from different subjects, there are many vlogs that can focus on other areas, such as assessments or even exam preparations.
Vlogging will attract a high volume of attention to certain topics, it can aspire learners to establish a clear, consistent voice and deliver valuable content. This is possible to accomplish, with research and planning. Vlogging a topic or idea will be translated into a creative understanding of what you want to achieve.
Ms Osman loves to see the students engaging in relevant technology getting them excited about learning. This year has been busy and motivating for her, in the coming months she wants to move around to various schools to encourage and train educators and interns as well as learners’ on how to vlog.
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