Richard Jenkins, Chief Marketing Officer, explains how Sparkol and VideoScribe can help boost students’ attainment.
What will primary pupils get out of using VideoScribe?
VideoScribe epitomises blended learning – the meeting of technology-driven education, student participation and traditional classroom methods. Our software ignites a child’s imagination in ways that only video can, and the best approach is to let children loose on our software!
Learning with VideoScribe is extremely rewarding. Asking children to explain what they have learned through spoken word, animated hand-drawn images, music and sound effects boosts creativity, improves their ability to recall facts and teaches storytelling.
How can it help primary teachers, particularly in terms of workload?
Managing a busy classroom every day is tough, so we’ve designed VideoScribe to help teachers be as productive as possible. Video engages children faster than any other medium, and once the videos are created, they have a consistent message and style.
Rather than distributing learning materials and working hard to capture – and maintain – the children’s attention, teachers can… well, teach!
What about children with special educational needs?
Fourteen point four percent of children in the UK have special educational needs. That’s a huge percentage ready to benefit from a VideoScribe multisensory approach, our assistive technology and a blended learning approach.
VideoScribe’s applications within SEN are extensive. They range from entertaining and engaging videos designed for children with ADHD, to more visual and aural teaching materials for children with literacy difficulties or autism.
Can you describe some examples of how VideoScribe can be used?
The possibilities are endless – we’ve seen everything from full-length animated books and simplified science explanations, to creative musical numbers and virtual geography tours.
There are also plenty of examples of teachers experimenting with entirely new methods. They’ve used VideoScribe to create digital art and in-class competitions, and in many cases have simply let children get hands on with the software to create narratives and videos of their own.
What does setting up and configuring VideoScribe typically involve?
Very little, schools can manage VideoScribe easily. Students, teachers and all members of staff will receive login details that give them access to the software whether at
school or at home. Users then simply visit our website, download the VideoScribe application and get started.
What forms of support or training are available for users of Sparkol products?
We offer an extensive collection of online video tutorials, blogs, digital guides, supporting resources and training. We will be launching a series of weekly webinars in September this year, which are specifically designed for teachers and school support staff. Additional help and support is available from our technology support team as well.