09 February 2012

Day Seven: Youtube




Today we will look at an old favorite, youtube, in a new light.  Over the years youtube has grown to be more than just a place for teachers to go and get video clips to show in class; there are many more options available for educators to use and integrate this resource into their curriculum. So let's look at some of the advantages of the new youtube, that we will call youtube 2.0.

Besides getting video clips, you can set up a youtube channel for your class. This can be a place to house all of the videos you show and showcase the videos your students create.  You can create playlists (groups of specific videos) for your different units, just for student videos, or class favorites. It can serve as a multimedia portal for the teacher, students and parents alike, as you can embed your channel onto your website or blog.   Here is one Middletown teacher's youtube channel. Maybe Middletown will have its own district channel on youtube soon with professional development videos for teachers, or maybe your school will have a channel highlighting events for parents and the community to share.


Over the years youtube has evolved and grown into a place where every facet of society is represented with a channel. There are major universities (go on and find your alma mater, I found mine) , established news outlets, traditional educational organizations, even youtube itself has it own channel where you can rent full length movies and one that highlights news (be sure to check out their blog that keeps readers up to date with youtube). Think of your go to website, education or content area resource, they most likely have a channel on youtube with video content for the public's use that you can subscribe to and receive notifications as they update their channel with new content. I recently found a substantial list of "intelligent youtube channels" (you be the judge), as well as, the 100 must see youtube channels for teachers.

One of the newest resources is the youtube teacher's channel, it has k-12 content area categories with preselected videos for educational use. Disclaimer: I am not sure who is curating the content and if they align with state or national standards. I will say I have noticed they have chosen a few videos that I have for my students. Being able to go to this page will save time and energy in your future video collecting.


If you venture over to youtube's EDU page you will find a smorgasbord of education related content. There are full university lectures and courses as well as content for the lifelong learner. The level of material found here is ideal for high school teachers.
                                                                       
For some inspiration, try RSA's animate page, which has Sir Ken Robinson's wildly popular animation video talk.

Youtube is still the number one go to site to learn how to do practically anything! I use it to learn how to do everything from an e-portfolio to how to use the latest technology.  You can create a playlist with "how to" videos for a specific unit or to reinforce skills used all school year, like this one on English grammar rules. You can search for playlists that other users have created by using the search box and filtering for playlist.



Are you looking at youtube differently yet? Well here are some tools to help with your youtube experience:


There are two sites that allows you to collaboratively watch youtube videos. Groups of students can watch videos together and have an online discussion.
There is a technique to create an "Adventure Story" where the viewer decides what will happen during different parts in the video.
Don't want to show the entire video? Now you can show a portion of it using Tubechop.
With Dragontape you can create a "mix tape"video using a series of video sections you string together.
We have all experienced the internet slow down from time to time, with Saveyoutube you can download a video for offline use.
Overstream allows you to add subtitles to videos and youtube now allows auto captioning for all videos.
If you want to browse youtube without all of the visual clutter, try Clea.nr, it is an extension for chrome, firefox and safari that cleans up your visual space on youtube.
Finally, if you want to edit your own video, you can do it right on your own channel. Youtube has its own video editor, that has a low learning curve and is extremely convenient.

We hope we gave you some ideas to use youtube in your 21st century classroom!
There are so many other ways to use youtube, please share yours with us.......

33 comments:

  1. I always use youtube in my classroom. Every time I am teaching something new or looking to give my students background knowledge on a specific topic, I check out to see what youtube has to offer. I have also found myself using teachertube. I was unaware that youtube had a feature in which you could create your own personal channel and link it to your website/blog. I will definitely check it out!

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  2. Wow! I've always known that YouTube is a great resource. (Aside from media / story coverage content it's just so much easier to learn something when someone shows you how to do it rather than just explains a technique.) The drawback for me has always been that YouTube is just such a big library that searching it for the exact, specific content I want can be time consuming and when I find the clips - often it is just part of the content that I actually want to show my class - not the whole clip.
    This article has given me several great tools to streamline my search and to make more effective use of the content.
    I am really thankful to learn that I can edit the clips, caption them and even combine clips. I definitely will want to try that!!!!
    I also like the idea of having students respond to the material via an online discussion. I'm not sure how that works, but if they could join the on-line conversation by sending texts from their cell phones that could be a useful tool for just about any class.

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  3. Youtube is a great teacher resource. It is important to discern the source of the information that I diseminate to my students. I like the idea that maybe Middletown will have its own district channel on youtube soon with professional development videos for teachers, or maybe my school will have a channel highlighting events for parents and the community. I am curious to know if the district's server can handle the volume of teachers streaming Youtube or other resources on their computer during the school day.

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    1. As it exists now...probably not, but I am sure the district will be supportive of technology use for educational purposes.

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  4. Kristine May-HSSouthFebruary 9, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    I love YouTube, and I use it constantly in my science classes...there is some really engaging content out there! I find it very helpful to add links to videos embedded in PowerPoint lessons; that way, I don't lose the link. However, beware, those links will need to be rechecked the morning before you use them, because the video may no longer exist, and the suggested videos on the right hand side can be inappropriate. I look forward to checking out SaveYouTube, to see if that would remedy these issues.

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  5. As the resident Art Teacher @ Thompson MS, You Tube is one of my most favorite sites!!! Gone are the days when I have to set up the old slide projector to show my students slides of the Masters. Now I simply insert the name of the artist into YouTube and I get a multitude of slide shows to choose from and they are done creatively usually with a music soundtrack as well. The kids enjoy it much more because of the music playing with the slides and I can project it on a large screen with our Epson projectors and it makes my life easier also (if any of you have used a slide projector you know what I mean. LOVE <3 YouTube!!!

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  6. So many of our students are visual learners. They also are highly critical of how content material is introduced and covered in their class. If I am teaching my students Media Fluency to students I need to model Media Fluency. Youtube gives me the ability to capture my students attention when I am introducing a new idea. It also gives me the ability to reinforce concepts that have been covered.
    I am amazed at how many of my students go out to the internet to learn new skills such as using new Web 2.0 applications. So often they find a Youtube clip with step-by-step instructions for using the tool.

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  7. Students LOVE YouTube. They love to view videos. They love to view videos of themselves on it. This is a great tool to incorporate. I think it is great to begin a class page.

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  8. Do we have a district policy about posting videos with students? I have never posted a video because I am concerned about putting a child on a public video website.

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    1. At the beginning of the year parents sign a media release form. You can also make your channel or a particular video private and add certain viewers like students and parents.

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    2. Is this media release form different for YouTube than our regular district media release form? I just have great reservations about posting a video of a student on a public website. I tried to work with our webmaster last year about a private channel and we just couldn't get it to work.

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    3. You can set your channel to private and give parents only access.

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  9. I setup a YouTube channel for the podcasts I use with my students (found here http://goo.gl/z3zxe). It allows my students to go back and watch parts or entire lessons to get a better grasp on the material. My common comment is that students like the ability to stop and rewind the example problems so they don't miss anything. I also favorite videos that I think my students will like. They are always inspirational or cause the students to take a different view of the world around them.

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  10. I go to YouTube all the time for videos, but I have obviously not been using it to the max. I'm looking forward to exploring.

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    1. Ditto. I also go there for the videos all of the time and I absolutely love the tutorials, but I am going to try some of the tips offered here that I didn't know about before. Thank you.

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    2. I agree! One of my favorite You Tube videos is a "DNA" song to the music of the Backstreet Boys. The students happily sing along, while learning the content. Time to explore!

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  11. I use YouTube very often in class. When my students are writing in their journals on a particular topic, I'll go to YouTube to show them a video related to it. Of course, I preview any video prior to showing it in the class. Also, so many of my students have their own YouTube accounts and will often create their video project using YouTube instead of Movie Maker or Photo Story. Great tool.

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  12. You Tube teachers is a great resource and a time saver! Many of the videos I have already incorporated into lessons are there. This is definitely more efficient than sifting through all the content on YouTube.

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  13. I've found that there is some great student-created content on Youtube that can be useful in the classroom. The textbook for my Latin classes is pretty old, and not terribly exciting. But sometimes I find videos that classes at other schools have made acting out scenes from the textbook's stories. This can bring the text to life a little bit for my kids, and serve as inspiration for their own recreations.

    I like the idea of students uploading video projects to Youtube to make them easy for everyone to access.

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  14. I love to show video that pertains to the novel we are reading...found good video to help capture the days of the dust bowl and the blizzard of 1888, for example.

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  15. One thing about YouTube that still amazes me is that they don't seem to be affected by copyright infringements!! Anyone know why that is?

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  16. In my experience Youtube actually does police for copyright infringement with regards to published songs. As an educator you may use copyrighted material under the creative commons license provided your use meets certain criteria. I have had sound stripped from my videos by Youtube then have successfully petitioned them to have it reinstated.

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    1. I had that happen to my students as well. I was advised to have them add "for educational use" (and some other educational indicators) in the description and tag boxes, so I tried it and it seems to be working.

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  17. As a history teacher, I love using YouTube for actual news clips, music videos, or interviews. It is a great additional resource for the students and much better, in my opinion, than TeacherTube.

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    1. Found some good video clips for persuasive writng and reading comprehension.

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  18. I have a lot of students actually going on youtube after school when they are not able to reach me. They look for the instructional youtubes on how to solve certain skills in math. I was impressed to hear that they are going that extra step. I always get nervous about introducing youtube into the classroom because their are so many things on there that are not appropriate but seeing how everyone is seeing and using this site, I will go back and rethinhk of possibly using this site again.

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  19. I use YouTube on a regular basis. I find that my students are lacking the background knowledge to connect to our time period novels. Taking a two minute clip off You Tube gives the students a visual and helps move our reading discussion along.

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  20. I have used YouTube to generate discussions in my 11th grade English class. Often I will use public service announcements to motivate students to discuss their reactions to videos presented. I have also used it for a project on book reviews, by showing movie trailers. I have created my own channel, but it does take a large amount of time to look through different videos and make sure they are appropriate.

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  21. For me, youtube has always been a great supplement to whatever topic we are discussing in class. The ability to present information from a different perspective or in a quick 2 minute clip to review is wonderful! I am definitely going to explore creating a youtube channel for class and possibly using it as a means to post recordings of online whiteboards and jing.

    The greatest challenge is figuring out how to connect all of these technologies and get the most out of out each one.

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    1. Sam I agree..I want someone to create a LMS (like Edmodo) that integrates google apps and accommodates all and any web 2.0 (and forthcoming web 3D) tools....Where's Frank Bianchetti? I 'm sure he could create it!

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  22. I really enjoyed reading all the different ways teachers are incorporating youtube into the classroom. Thanks!

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  23. Just created a channel on Youtube to organize and share my videos. This is a wonderful tool for collaborating with colleagues.

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