Using Youtube in the classroom

Why use Youtube in the classroom?

How can YouTube be used in the classroom?

*To introduce, explain or review concepts - catchy songs are great!

*To spark discussions and inspire...

*To learn how....

*To share a book...

*To write about..

*To find out.... inquiry topics

*To exercise...

*To entertain... latest songs (use lyrics only versions), children's songs and nursery rhymes

100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute!!!

How can YouTube be managed easily  in the classroom?

*Sign into YouTube with your Google account. This means you can build up a collection of resources and makes it easy to find videos. Here is a guide to signing in, subscribing to channels and using playlists.

*Choose videos that will add to and enhance your teaching

  • Search within YouTube using the search bar. Google searches will also bring up YouTube videos. Remember searches on sites such as Pinterest also give links to YouTube videos.
  • The "related video" list on the right often gives useful alternative or other videos. "Watch next" clips at the end of the video can be useful too. The "What to watch" homepage (when you first open YouTube and are signed in) can also be useful.
  • Some useful links to get started (link takes you to the channel - you can also add the name to your search)

Schoolhouse rock -- Grammar, multiplication, some science topics

Harry Kindergarten - songs and videos for juniors

Electric Company - literacy, spelling and punctuation

How can YouTube be used safely in the classroom?

*Anyone can contribute videos to YouTube. This means a large proportion of videos are not useful for the classroom and some will be unsuitable.

*Have clear expectations for the use of YouTube in your school/class - is it used by teacher only or teacher and students? when and how can students use it? If students are using YouTube, teach them how to use it appropriately in the classroom.

*Ensure Safety mode is enabled

*The "suggested videos" to the side of the clip and the initial "watch next" screen can be distracting and sometimes contain unsuitable links. You may not want to display these to the class. Turning your data projector/TV screen display off while you load the video can help (usually done by combination of keys on your laptop - on my laptop this is Fn F4). DF YouTube is a useful Chrome extension for this also quietube for internet explorer or chrome.

*If you want students to access videos you can "share" or "embed" the link. Sharing the link means students can click on it and be taken to YouTube to view the video. Embedding means the video will be inserted into the website or document (like the videos above). Videos can be embedded into a variety of web applications and also into Powerpoint and Google presentations.

What next?

*Teach students how to use YouTube in the classroom - finding clips to enhance their understanding, finding ways to explain concepts, inquiry projects....

*Add questions to clips to turn them into a lesson. Sites such as EDpuzzle allow you to add annotations or questions/quizzes to clips from YouTube and a variety of other sources.

*Make your own videos and upload to YouTube! YouTube has basic video editing features for this too.

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