Clear graphics and animation provide step-by-step demonstrations of natural processes.
Example: Geography teacher, Andrea, is teaching her 10 year old students about volcanoes. To help her explain how a volcano is formed underwater, she displays a video on the classroom smartboard and asks the class to describe the stages of formation as they appear onscreen.
To give her students a sense of the destructive power of volcanic eruptions, she directs them to an e-textbook on the school computers which features footage of volcanic activity from Etna to Krakatoa. Whilst browsing these videos, the students are asked to identify the types of volcanic activity learnt in class: ash bombs, lava flow and pyroclastic flow.
Versatile videos can be easily overlaid with captions, subtitles and voice-over to improve learning outcomes.
Secondary School History
News and video footage gets students closer to the action and opens up a debate on the different forms of bias in historical sources.
Example: History teacher, Francis, is using the Vietnam war to encourage his students to question the way history is interpreted.
He makes available two bo videos on the secure school website, one a 1964 pro-war film from the Universal archives and the other a report on an anti-war protest from 1972, and gives the students two tasks:
Away from the classroom, make a note of any parts of the sources that are opinion or subjective.
Working in groups in the school's open learning area, create from these and other sources an argument either for or against the war from the perspective of an American citizen.
Student-led learning means that the teacher guides rather than directs learning outcomes.
Higher Education Politics
University professor, Harjas, has created a course about Democracy around the world and wants his students to experience the power of hearing democratic world leaders in full voice.
From the bo library, he selects and embeds two videos into his presentation to encourage his students to think about how the principles of Democracy operate in both developed and developing countries.
Following the lecture, he refers his students to the campus's e-coursebook where they can access this series of videos for private study to pursue their own areas of interest beyond the lecture material.
Videos can be trimmed to target specific material and are accompanied by full transcripts for students' reference.
English Language Learning
Engaging and interactive videos show how vocabulary taught in the classroom is applied in authentic English-speaking scenarios.
Example: Teacher, Dominic, wants to teach his 12-year-old students about English vocabulary around the house.
Starting with kitchen items, he allows his pupils access to the school's online resource centre. Via tablets, students can browse and select from a series of interactive cookery lessons designed for English language learners of a range of different capabilities.
To complete each recipe, pupils are invited to play along with the videos by selecting objects and ingredients and carrying out various challenges.
Adaptable resources advance and assess learner development in an environment controlled and monitored by a teacher.
bo delivers the right content to the right person in the right format (on desktop, phone or tablet) at the time it's needed – whether at work, at home or in travel.
Example: Anne Marie, an Account Executive at a retail company, is recruiting a new Sales Manager for the UK branch. To help with her recruitment process, she makes use of an online video database for business advice.
Here, she has access to professional advice from seasoned and recognised businesspeople, delivered in memorable and manageable episodes and real-life stories. In one quick search, she is able to find expert guidance both on the initial recruitment process and on talent development within her department, so decides to bookmark several videos for her own information and to share with her employees.
Through story-telling, interviews present real world case studies to demonstrate how others have tackled and solved similar business issues.
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