YouTube is rolling out some big new ways to engage with the education community. Continuing with our look at how YouTube can aid teachers and students, it’s probably a good idea to actually outline exactly how the video service can help in the classroom.
Engage students by showing a video relevant to their lives. Video clips can bring in different perspectives or force students to consider a new viewpoint, helping to spark a discussion. Through video you can keep class exciting and new.
Capture and save projects and discussions so you can refer back to them year after year. This will also help you save time as you can assign old videos to your new students.
Videos (or playlists) can help supplement in class teaching for struggling students. Students can review them at home so you’re not forced to teach exclusively to the middle 50%. YouTube user piazzaalexis uses videos to address misunderstandings and allow his students to review difficult concepts.
Turn test review and flashcards into easy-to-watch videos so students can hear your explanations as they study. Create a “test review” video students can use to study the night before the big test:
Divide your class into groups and have them rotate through different stations. At the YouTube station, introduce students to new information, allowing you to help students practice their newfound skills. When working in stations or centers, have students use your YouTube channel to complete an assignment, freeing you up to work with small groups of students.
Create a Google Form that students complete after watching a video. You can use this quiz to get instant feedback on what they’re learning. YouTube user maxclassroom creates math videos for his students and has them complete their work online using Google Forms. To learn how to create quizzes using Google Forms click here. Embed your quiz on a class blog or site so students can watch a video and complete the quiz at the same time:
If your students watch a video of the basic concepts at home you can focus in class on applying those concepts, working collaboratively with their classmates rather than simply listening to you lecture.
YouTube user Rmusallam asks his students to prepare for class by watching the introduction to new material at home. That way when they arrive at school they’re ready to apply their learning. Through this method he has dramatically increased his instructional time. If you want to learn more about Rmusallam’s methods visit flipteaching.com.
Many teachers cannot access YouTube in their classrooms. Never fear, FreeTech4Teachers is to the rescue with 47 Alternatives To Using YouTube In The Classroom. There’s plenty of other options on that terrific list.
As you can see, there’s a lot of fun (and free) ways YouTube can help out in your classroom. What are some of the fun and exciting ways you have or plan on using YouTube in a classroom? Whether you’re a teacher, student or parent, it’s always important to stay on top of and at least aware of the best ways to use technology in education. Therefore, Edudemic needs your input! Share your favorite educational YouTube videos with us on the Edudemic Facebook page. We’ll feature them in an upcoming article!