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.......