In The teacher’s guide to using YouTube in the classroom by Edudemic, you can find out how to:
spark lively discussions
archive your work
encourage studetns to dig deeper
help both struggling and advanced students
review for upcoming exams
add quizzes to videos
let students be the teacher
Spark Lively Discussions
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.
Organize Your Video Content For Easier Access
- Playlists are YouTube’s way of allowing you to organize videos on the site: a playlist is a series of videos you put together – they don’t have to be videos you uploaded, and you get to choose the order.
- When one video ends, the playlist plays the next video without offering ‘related videos’, thus creating a curated environment for your students.
- Therefore, by creating playlists of videos you can select which YouTube videos you want your students to view.
- Playlists live on your channel, are discoverable in search results (if you want them to be), and can be embedded on your blog or class site.
- Create a playlist of videos for each school unit so students can review them when looking to learn more about a topic or need to review for an upcoming assessment.
- Great playlists include videos that…
- Hook your students into a lesson.
- Provide real-world context for lessons.
- Help provide cultural relevance for your students.
- Provide remediation for concepts yet mastered.
- Provide alternative viewpoints.
- Provide visual context (chemical reactions, primary source videos).
- Review previously taught content.
Archive Your Work
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.
- Record critical parts of your lesson so you can review how you taught that lesson in previous years.
- When absent students ask what they missed, send them a link to the video and they’ll never fall behind.
- You can even customize who sees your videos by adjusting the privacy settings. Use this great video to learn how to privately share videos with other YouTube users:
Encourage Students To Dig Deeper
- Give students the option to dig deeper into a subject by creating a playlist of videos related to that concept.
- By creating playlists of relevant videos you allow students to pursue their interests without wasting their time searching for information (or finding potentially objectionable content).
- Create a playlist of primary source video content for a history topic you’re teaching.
- Watch this video to learn how to make a playlist in YouTube
Help Both Struggling And Advanced 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.
Review For Upcoming Exams
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:
Create A YouTube Center In Your Classroom
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.
Add Quizzes To Videos
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:
Students Can Become The Teacher
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.
What If YouTube Is Blocked?
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.
How Do YOU Use YouTube?
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!