Education and Information Technologies

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 1073–1088 | Cite as

Learning with digital video in second level schools in Ireland

  • Peter TiernanEmail author
  • Jane O’Kelly


Research indicates that teenagers and young adults of second level school age in Ireland are increasingly immersed in world of technology. Online video accounts for much of their time spent online, and is often used for education purposes. While Irish government initiatives such as the Digital Strategy for Schools (2015–2020) aim to encourage integration of technology in the school system, exposure to technology continues to occur predominately outside the school setting. This study begins by examining this context, paying particular attention to the growth of online video. Following this the educational value of video is discussed, along with strategies and tools for its integration in the classroom. In the methodology section, the process of integrating digital video into eight second level classes is explained, including trainee teachers involvement. Findings presented indicate that second level students predominantly value the use of digital video as a learning tool due to its motivational value, ability to explain concepts and provision of examples and real world scenarios.


Online video Digital video Second level teaching Digital learning, secondary schools teaching 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of EducationDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland
  2. 2.Institute of EducationDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland

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