Thing 19 (Week 8): YouTube - Video Sharing in the Classroom


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photo by largeprime
Teachers have been using video to supplement classroom instruction for decades. Online video sharing is big business, and it makes classroom video use cheaper, more convenient, and more customized, as long as you can find quality content amidst the junk. Like other Web 2.0 tools, video sharing sites enable users (for better or worse) to easily publish content to the web. YouTube, the most popular video sharing site on the web, currently garners about 180 Million visitors a dayfrom the US alone. Chances are, you already use YouTube.

As you explore YouTube, you will encounter many familiar Web 2.0 features, such as RSS feeds, user comments/ratings, subscriptions, and, of course, tags. Like many resource-rich websites, much of the content on YouTube is not school appropriate. The comments are unfiltered, so even a perfectly benign and educational video can have reams of inane text posted below it. But there is a wealth of "good" stuff on YouTube, so it's definitely worth a look. (Plus, now that you know how to EMBED, you can present JUST the video content you choose to students, without visiting the YouTube site directly!).

And, yes, copyright questions abound.

For those who may be interested, here's a four minute video detailing the History of YouTube...
(You may need to watch from home if YouTube is blocked at your school).

Discovery Exercise

YouTube Scavenger Hunt (this will be a fun one)
If YouTube is blocked at your school, you will need to do this at home (or at Starbucks). To bring YouTube content to your classroom in a blocked setting, you can use a free service such as Saveyoutube to download and convert a video for offline use.

Have a little look around YouTube. Try tagging your video discoveries to your Diigo account for easy reference!

Your challenge is to find five videos:
  • Find two videos that relate to your teaching content and/or professional learning interests.
  • Find one video that is student produced (something that demonstrates student learning and creativity).
  • Find one video that teaches "how to" do something -- ride a bike, knit a sweater, bake a pie -- whatever you like.
  • Find one video that's just fun, nostalgic or interesting to you.

YouTube Search tips:

  • Enter one or more keywords into the YouTube search tool to find videos having those terms in their titles, tags and descriptions.
  • Click "show more" beneath a video description to view its tags. Click a tag to see more videos tagged as such.
  • On any search results page, click "Filter & Explore" to sort and refine your search results.
  • Set "safety mode" to filter out "adult" content (not foolproof, but it helps):



Additional Resources


Write a blog post sharing your YouTube findings. Tell about the videos you discovered and share ideas you have for using video to support instruction and/or producing video to support classroom or professional learning. Provide links to the videos, or try embedding one or more into your blog. Possibly the most powerful potential for video sharing to support teaching and learning is to contribute original content -- make your students into teachers! What types of projects might you or your students contribute to YouTube?

‡ HELP Page: Embed a Youtube Video into a Blog Post