With so many options for accessing media in the classroom, it can be difficult to navigate where to find the best content and how best to present it. There are more than 80,000,000 videos on YouTube. Some are great for a laugh, some are great to inform and some are incredibly inappropriate. Performing blind searches in front of your classroom is an easy way to run into a dead end — or worse. So where should you start?
- Sticking to reputable channels such as Ted-Ed, National Geographic and Khan Academy guarantees quality.
- If you like to watch silly, political or other videos that might be deemed inappropriate for the classroom, use a separate YouTube login for the classroom to avoid malapropos recommendations from popping up on the screen.
- Get to know advanced search options so you can filter videos by creator, narrow topics and dates.
- Be creative. Find videos of writers reading their own work and use them as a writing prompt. Share different perspectives by finding multiple videos on the same topic. Bring history alive with archive clips.
- YouTube playlists saved and shared with your students can help reenforce your lessons and allow them to watch the videos over again at home.
- Have students make their own videos and tutorials to share in class.
How have you used YouTube in the classroom? Do your students bring you videos to share? What are some pitfalls you have discovered?