What’s the big deal with YouTube?
- Over 1 billion users (represents approximately half of all web users)
- 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute
- 60% of a creator’s views come from outside their home country
- Half of YouTube’s views are on mobile devices
Why YouTube Rocks the Classroom
- Students are more engaged through visually-stimulating videos and presentations (e.g. TED Talks)
- Educational lessons are easily shared across the globe, Students can upload their own videos to demonstrate understanding
- Students or the whole classroom (or groups) can create video replies to each other
- Videos can supplement lessons for students
- Teachers can spend more time focusing on students and less time explaining complex topics
- Teachers will have a library of free information to help explain just about anything
- Current events!
List from dailygenius.com
You can certainly search YouTube for content that relates to what you are doing in your classroom but YouTube also has created an Education portal for teachers at YouTube.com/Education.
From here you can check out different channels on curricular areas. Unfortunately the search doesn’t seem to work as intended. However, there are a few short interesting videos in here that might serve as a good hook or discussion piece at the start of class.
Once you have found some videos, there are a few ways you can bring YouTube into the classroom.
- Create a YouTube account and create a playlist for each class or unit
- Post or embed YouTube videos on your class website or blog.
- Save videos to disk (not all videos are legally allowed to be download, it depends on the license).
Video With No Distractions
For classroom use, related video thumbnails can range from distracting (at best) to very inappropriate. Not to mention YouTube comments may not be school appropriate.
Here are some tools to hide the clutter:
- Embed your videos on your website or blog (see previous)
- quietube – a browser applet
Become a Creator
Finding suitable videos and showing them to your class is a fantastic way to bring multimedia into the classroom. However, some teachers might prefer to make recordings of a specific lesson and make it available online. One of the most popular ways to do this is through Screencasting. I previously covered the topic here.
Another consideration is who will be accessing your video. I have chosen to make many of my videos public but occasionally I will make one unlisted (must have the link to watch) if I decide I don’t want it searchable on YouTube.
Check out my YouTube Channel to see some of my screencasts made publicly available.