In certain projects my students have created video projects and uploaded them to YouTube to share. They are unable to access YouTube at school, so this must be done at home. I have therefore not required they use YouTube, but they have often chosen to do that. Also, I’ve produced a few videos and uploaded to YouTube as well. For example, this is one that is used to kick-off an Ecology WebQuest:
There are hundreds or perhaps thousands of YouTube videos produced that can assist us professionally, from how to differentiate instruction, to how to incorporate whatever type of technology desired into instruction. I have watched video tutorials on confusing topics to prepare lessons in order to become more knowledgeable myself, and in the process have found better ways of explaining those topics. I have found that the possibilities are endless. As I work to “flip” my instruction in science more and more when feasible, I believe YouTube will be a tremendous asset. For example, my eight grade students will be out of school all next week due to the holiday, teacher workday and our annual 8th grade Georgia Trip. I assigned them two YouTube videos created by another teacher to watch during their time away, and in conjunction with the videos they will be completing a notetaking organizer. I posted the video links and organizer on Edmodo for quick student access. Once they return we will be able to move on more quickly into some hands-on type activities in the classroom.
For the purpose of this assignment, I searched for videos to use with the content that my 7th grade Life Science students will be studying next week on photosynthesis and respiration. I found some excellent videos that I believe will work well. A few go into greater depth than what is required at a middle school level, but I believe they will effectively extend the learning of my advanced students. Here are their links:
I particularly liked this one:
How Cells Get Energy (Respiration & Photosynthesis):
Finally on this same topic I found a cute song I may incorporate:
The Photosynthesis Song:
Also, as a part of this week’s assignment I found an excellent “how to” video. It had to do with podcasting which we have been researching in our current module for this course as well. Here is the link:
How to make a podcast in GarageBand:
Finally, I realize I need to lose some unwanted pounds, so I found another topic of interest:
12 Tips How to Lose Weight Naturally and Fast
This was an excellent video that focused primarily on food choices, however admittedly I felt my enthusiasm slip away a bit when he began his discussion on exercise. I do
not currently have the time to incorporate all he suggests. But, overall it is a good
In closing, I believe YouTube is a tool with fantastic possibilities for use in the classroom. Care must be taken for safety as was pointed out, and we much ensure that the safety settings are in place to prevent inappropriate content. Parents must monitor its use as well as students incorporate videos into their projects at home. While students are not able to access YouTube while at school, teachers can use it in instruction, selecting and incorporating content that is appropriate as discussed earlier.
Please see the embedded video on podcasting using GarageBand below: