Thursday, February 2, 2012
Day 2 -- YouTube for Educators
You've probably heard of YouTube and you've likey watched many YouTube videos, whether you realized it or not. YouTube videos are everywhere -- embedded in or linked to on websites and posted on Facebook and Twitter.
You have likely watched YouTube videos, but have you ever used them in your classroom? If so, share how you've used YouTube in the Comments section below. If you haven't used videos in your classroom, why not? One reason may be that you just don't know where to begin. There are so many videos to choose from. (According to YouTube, "48 hours of video are uploaded every minute, resulting in nearly 8 years of content uploaded every day." WOW!) YouTube has helped teachers by creating YouTube EDU, which contains all of their educational videos. Another piece YouTube created just for educators is YouTube Teachers, where you can quickly and easily search through YouTube's educational videos organized by topic. YouTube for Schools is another great option for teachers.
One of the major benefits of joining YouTube at School is that when you watch your videos you do not see recommended videos on the right side panel.
You may want to create an account and your own channel so that you can subscribe to channels and also add videos to playlists to keep them organized.
So what if you want to use YouTube videos in your classroom, but you are in a school that does not allow access to YouTube? You're in luck! One option is to use a program such as Zamzar to convert the video file to a different format. You can also use keepvid.com to download YouTube and other streaming videos to use elsewhere.
There are two challenges related to this post. First, we are collecting digital learning stories. This can be a story of digital learning in a classroom, a school, or a district. The catch is that it needs to be one minute long. This video can be created by a teacher, administrator, or student or group of students. Once you have created your YouTube video, post it to YouTube and send the link to Meri Carnahan. We will then add your video to our YouTube channel, Indiana's Digital Learning Stories. If you are unable to post your video to YouTube, please contact Meri Carnahan and we will make other arrangements to get your video posted.
Part 2 of today's challenge is to share how you are planning on using YouTube videos in your classroom. Do you currently utilize YouTube EDU, YouTube Teachers, or YouTube for Schools? Have you seen any benefits to using these YouTube resources? It's time to share!