How can YouTube be used as an Effective Teaching and Learning Tool

'Now that iv'e got it, how do I use it?'......'Ah! You Tube it.'

Evolution of Man
‘Now that I’ve got it, how do I use it?’……’Ah! You Tube it.’

How can YouTube be used as an effective teaching and learning tool?

When you think of YouTube, I bet you conger up images of amateurish videos of people doing outlandish things and the latest music clips, well let me tell you that YouTube can be a powerful teaching tool when used to enhance students learning in the classroom, some of the tools that can be accessed through YouTube are Media clips to keep students up to date on the world around them, tutorials for showing student how to perform a particular task such as a science experiment, opinion pieces that can be used to engage students in a debating issue and event media such as information on the Chinese New Year which can be linked to curriculum outcomes in History. (zdnet)

For those of you (myself included) that were not privileged enough to be born and raised in the age of technology here is a useful glossary of terms you may come across when using YouTube:

    • Flag- the ability to indicate if a  video has inappropriate content.
    • Title – the name given to the video.
    • Tags – keywords used by the person who uploaded the video that help the viewer to find it.
    • Channels – relate to the content and their groupings.
    • Related videos – determined by the tags and titles the person used on the video, these are viewed to the right of the screen.
    • Subscribe – where registered users can access specific publications of interest to them.
    • Comments – can be accessed by anyone and usually unmonitored, useful for feedback on the viewed video.
    • Views – this is the number of times the video has been accessed by the public.
    • Ratings – a voting system where viewers can rate the video according to its relevance, content etc.

http://Click here to take survey

WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF YOU TUBE?

YouTube is filled with fantastic video footage on practically every imaginable topic, but to find these you have to sift through the rubbish, some tips for doing this are to look for videos that are under ten minutes in length as they are not used to replace the lesson but enhance it and look for videos that don’t just talk, but evoke interest in the subject with meaningful footage, graphics and sound effects so as you are not just replacing the teacher talk. (insidehighered)

YouTube can also be used in conjunction with other commonly used programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint. By simply copying the URL of the YouTube clip and Pasting it onto the PowerPoint slide then hitting the space bar you will access the live link and view the video directly from the slide. You can also embed  a projected word document and access the live link in the same manner. This method enabled the teacher to add the link to planning documents at an earlier date but be mindful that videos can be removed from YouTube so if  you plan to use a link you found earlier, check that it is still active before your lesson.(insidehighered)

Anyone with a digital camera or video camera and internet connection can create, upload and share their own videos, to use this as an educational tool can be a challenge and a thrill for students.  You Tube clips can promote classroom discussions which is a robust approach to teaching, allowing students to create, edit and upload and discuss their own videos is an even more powerful application of teaching (edutopia).

HOW IT CAN BE USED IN SCHOOLS

You Tube has mostly been off limits within the schooling system because of the content that can be accessed, but Google have begun You Tube for schools, this gives schools the ability to use the videos they want without having to sift through endless videos for the appropriate content. These videos are linked to other related educational videos, and the school will have access to the YouTube EDU Access this link: to view the educational library and see what it can offer you in your lesson planning.

VIEW THE FOLLOWING VIDEO:  ‘YouTube for Schools’ and see how you can ENGAGE, SPARK and INNOVATE your students by using YouTube in different curriculum areas.

TEST YOUR MEMORY ON YOUTUBE LINGO.

 

YOUR ACTIVITY: Follow the instructions given in the above clip to upload your own video to YouTube.

This is a YouTube clip of how I upload my own movie

EDUCATIONAL LINKS:

YouTube EDU

Changing  education paridigms

Anti-Bullying learning and teaching resource

How to use Sam Animation

Welcome to You Tube EDU

YOUR DISCUSSION QUESTION:

YouTube is able to be accessed by anyone there for the content may be inappropriate for use in the classroom, but this can be overcome by using sites that are specifically set up for education one such site is YouTube EDU.

QUESTION: After participating in this event and uploading your own video to YouTube, do you now feel that you would be confident in using YouTube as an educational tool? Please do this using a P.M.I (Plus, Minus, Interesting) strategy so that we can see what you thought of the YouTube page and its contents and you current understanding of the workings of YouTube. Please feel free to provide any feedback either positive or negative so we can work to make the page a more practical learning tool.

Using a PMI (Plus, Minus and Interesting) approach, please comment below your current understanding of blogs and their use in the class room, as well as your  own learning. Additionally feel free to provide comments and feedback on anything located within this page, or to ask a question to help clarify anything.
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  1. Kim Sandford says:

    My understanding is much broader now.
    Plus – A huge range of material to choose from.
    Minus – Uncensored content can be accessed if not closely supervised.
    Interesting – how easy it is to upload a video once you have an account, no wonder there are so many videos to choose from as anyone can do it.

    • Bec White says:

      I have used Youtube in many of my lessons as an introduction into a topic to get students attention, as a video to complement other information, as a tool to break up lessons and get students back on track and also to motivate students.
      Plus- As Kim said- a wide range of material. It also assists different learning styles, can be used for demonstration, information or stimulus. Students (and myself actually) love watching videos and it is really great to use in lessons when the concept would not be able to be replicated in the classroom (e.g decomposition over three years, an earthquake, a person speaking in another language or a presidential speech).

      M: Uncensored (as Karen said) along with the wide range you have to sift through many videos until you find one that is appropriate and that is not too long (students start to loose interest and most school internet connections might not be able to run it).

      I: Students can create and share their own videos on topics that are important to them and relate to class topics. It can be used as an effective assessment, teaching and planning tool.

  2. Martina Sellars says:

    I have already used YouTube clips in the classroom, and have found them very useful in engaging the students.

    Plus:
    – Wide variety of clips, available from international/national locations
    – Engages the students (some very interesting/fun, and yet educational clips)
    – Edu YouTube allows for monitoring of sorts
    – Easy to share/upload your own videos

    Minus:
    – Maybe too many clips – it can be difficult to find exactly what you are looking for unless you use the same key words as the author
    – Similar to wikis, the information is from the author’s point of view, and therefore the information could be inaccurate (not a valid source of information in terms of referencing etc)
    – Difficult viewing depending on internet speed (slow loading and disruptions can cause extreme irritation and therefore disengagement)

    Interesting:
    – I have always approached YouTube to engage students in a topic. I wonder what it would be like to ask students to find their own video – what this activity would result in

    Just some of my thoughts.

    Thanks!

    – Martina

  3. thanks for your replies. As Kim is not present at the moment I will thank you for your responses. I have found YouTube very useful in highlighting a topic. there are many useful videos on it but as you have said finding them is often frustrating as you to troll through a lot of irrelevant ones before you find the one you want. Maybe there should be categories for them to help with this problem.

    It is amazing that when you show a video how much students will engage and take it as an expert advising rather than just you. I think there is many quality videos just a matter of sourcing them.
    cheers
    And thanks for participating
    Michelle Irving

    • Chris McCann says:

      Some of your points on the PMI’s are very interesting.
      I agree that sourcing just the right video or clip can be the most time consuming part of incorporating YouTube into your classroom, and ensuring the content is totally suitable also is an important consideration.
      Students love them as an introductory tool when you are embarking on a new topic or unit of work. They are such visual and stimulating items that it is hard for students not to be engaged.
      Thank you so much for participating in our event.
      Christine

  4. Ashleigh says:

    Plus:
    Youtube has a range of free videos. It is easy to use and most children are familiar with it. There are many extremely relevant and educational youtube videos out there.

    Minus:
    Not all videos are appropriate and/or accurate. Many schools block youtube, especially on student log ins.

    Interesting:
    Youtube can be used to easily upload a video that can only be viewed with the secret URL. This makes it more secure and means it cannot be searched for.

    • Chris McCann says:

      Thanks Ashleigh for your input. I think that the fact that most of these social media tools are freely available makes them very attractive to teachers – or at least it should!
      I agree that there are a multitude of clips that can be selected, however one thing that can be a problem with YouTube is selecting one from the many – it can be time consuming!
      The idea of using secret URL’s is a good one. This can also be utilised when students are creating their own video’s to upload so that their privacy and cyber safety is protected.
      Cheers
      Christine.

  5. Ana Gonzalez says:

    P: Flexibility and variety of information
    – connecting with others
    M: uncensored content
    I: How easy it is to use. I thought it was going to be quite difficult to upload videos. I was wrong!

    • HI Ana
      Just. Being shown the way to do something is usually a good way to learn then allowing the person to try it out for themselves . I had not loaded a video and did so very easy. gives you the motivation to make sort presentations aimed at your students or as a way for students to present their work. the uses are endless.
      glad you found it useful

  6. Kim Sandford says:

    Thank you all for your comments, I feel that this is a very important tool for teaching and extending the knowledge that the students have gained through a particular curriculum area. I feel that we as teachers need to be ICT proficient in the classroom to give the students every advantage to further their knowledge.
    Thank you for your participation.
    Kim Sandford.

  7. 1. Are you familiar with YouTube?

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    DownloadCreate Chart7. How likely is it that you would use YouTube in your classroom? If you have the knowledge to use them.

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    DownloadCreate Chart8. If you would use YouTube in your classroom how likely would you to make your own video?

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    So many good videos why bother

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    Often 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 25.0% (1) 0.0% (0) 50.0% (2) 25.0% (1) 4

    DownloadCreate Chart9. Would you allow your students use YouTube for research?

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    DownloadCreate Chart10. Would you allow your students to use YouTube to present an assessment?

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