I don’t like to admit it, but I’m a late adopter (at best) when it comes to using videos for instructional purposes, whether inside or outside of the classroom.
Early in my teaching career, I felt guilty using films in class because I felt that I was being paid to teach, not show other people’s material.
That kind of argument may have made sense when it comes to videos that are designed primarily to give viewers information. Good teachers should be able to do that more efficiently than videos because we can tailor our presentations to our own needs as we perceive them.
However, when I got involved in the Beyond War movement in the 1980s, I saw another use for peacebuilding videos which, admittedly, I should have seen long before. They can move viewers in ways a lecture or seminar can’t because they can touch peoples’ emotions. As a consumer of “how to” videos whenever I try to master new software, I’ve also learned that videos can inform people better than written instructions, at least under certain circumstances.
So, here is a sampling of my favorite inspirational videos with a sprinkling of “how to” ones thrown in at the end.