by Stu Leventhal
Students have tried for years to get away with writing their book reports when only watching the movie. It does not work!
Reading is totally different from watching. Your brain turns letters and words into its own vivid pictures. Watching pictures that are made for you is passive, resting and one's mind wanders from what is on the screen.
I will say that today, the idea that anyone with a cell phone is a videographer has not helped the quality or lack of quality we all expect from videos. If video was not so much over amateur saturated there might be more respect for vids.
The real danger is this trend in schools to go more and more visual and move away from books. This is because the schools and parents love to see their kids being taught with new gadgets. Lectures that are given one time can be sold over and over again. This idea that kids pay more attention to video is not a good enough excuse for moving away from writing and reading which is still the best way to teach.