There’s an old adage that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. MIT students are trying that out by creating short videos that teach basic concepts in science and engineering for K-12 students. For example, one 8 minute video provides a humorous and highly engaging explanation of the forces that help and hinder airplane flight using a mix of model planes, images, student actors posed as scientists and video whiteboards sketches. The videos are available on YouTube and a dedicated MIT website and will be included in the offerings of Khan Academy. More information about the MIT video project is available here.
Several Duke instructors have experimented with having students develop videos as part of their learning experience. If you would like ideas for student video projects or suggestions for organizing a student video project, contact the Center for Instructional Technology.