Television Goes to School: The Impact of Video on Student Learning in Formal Education

January 1, 2004

Today's children are growing up surrounded by television and video. Visual media is already an essential component of classroom instruction, with almost all teachers employing video in some form in their teaching. As the presence of broadband, digital media, and streaming video increases, the likelihood is that video will become an even more essential classroom resource. Classroom resources these days must be backed by research. The passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that instructional resources must demonstrate evidence of effectiveness. As a result, scientifically-based research is more important in education than ever before.

This report, created for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, focuses on key questions concerning the relationship of television to learning, and provides examples drawn from current television research to demonstrate television's effect on student achievement. A set of practical recommendations are also provided so that broadcasters and educators can maximize the effectiveness of video in the classroom.