Hundreds of area high school students are enjoying a new way to learn.
 
In January, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) opened a library of 80 new educational videos to an audience of more than 400 career and technology studies students.
 
Aimed at students in grades 10 to 12 taking construction and fabrication courses, the videos guide users through the setup and operation of various types of construction and welding equipment. The videos were created and produced by the school division to give step-by-step instructions on machine operations and safety procedures. Students can also watch them to learn how to build course-related projects such as boxes, tables and furniture.
 
Steven Woodard, a construction and technologies teacher at Bev Facey Community High, said it’s a challenge to find ways to make up for content missed when a student is absent.
 
“It’s content a student needs from a safety perspective before moving on to equipment use,” he said. “These videos act as a way to supplement instruction. The student can review what was missed by watching and then demonstrate the skills to the teachers when they are back in class.”
 
Vegreville Composite High grade 12 student Steven Blackadder gives the instructional videos a good review.
 
“The videos allow us to keep moving forward if the teacher is really busy,” he said. “I can also work more independently because it’s easy to go back and review any process.”
 
According to EIPS, the videos are helping students to learn course material more quickly, giving them extra time to hone their skills in hands-on projects.
 
“That’s what it’s all about, empowering students to learn more and moving them forward,” Woodard said. “They’re getting hands-on learning experiences, additional safety training and, as a result, are assembling more high-quality products in a faster time frame—that’s an attractive quality for employers.”
 
Production of the videos was funded by a $20,000 grant from Occupational Health and Safety. They are being used at Bev Facey Community High, Strathcona Christian Academy Secondary and Vegreville Composite High.

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