It is no secret that YouTube is getting utterly more popular these days. Its popularity rose from pure entertainment and moved gradually to education. Regarding education, it is clear that YouTube can aid teachers and students if it use used correctly. This little article will explore was and methods that pinpoint exactly how the video service can help both students and teachers in the classroom.
First of all, YouTube is more than just a cute cat video site like many competitive websites. It has evolved into one of the biggest resources for educational content ever thanks to its subscription system and its multiple options. Teachers can either find videos that fit the subject for his or her lesson, or they can also make and create content to upload. Additionally, Teachers can teach students anything about recording lessons and content activities and upload the videos to their classes YouTube channel. There are tons of reasons why and how YouTube should be a part of most classrooms, but first click here to see this awesome channel about how to responsibly manage a classroom with YouTube in order to give you a good idea on the subject
Keep track of your work and lessons easily
The fact that lessons and class content are recorded gives students more freedom to work a home. Also, teachers can record critical parts of their lesson so they can review how they will teach that lesson in future years. Additionally, when a student is absent, he or she can still consult the lesson in order to know what they missed. Just easily send them a link to the video and they’ll never fall behind. Custom videos can also be made for students who have a slower development rate. The teacher can even customize who sees his/her videos by adjusting the privacy settings. Here is a little video that shows how to control privacy settings in YouTube.
Teachers can help both struggling and advanced students
Indeed, thanks to YouTube and video technology, it is now possible for students to continue working at home with all the required help as if the teacher were actually there. The teacher just has to record the class content needed for the week or for a particular activity and the students can watch it as many times as he or she is required to. Needless to say, Videos (or playlists) are of a great help and they can provide additional tutoring out of class for struggling students. They can review lessons and important material at home so you’re not forced to teach exclusively to the middle 50%. Teachers can even post and embed videos of other YouTube users that might be relevant to the class. Here is another little video to show the embed and share features that might be useful some teachers
With this little embed feature, teachers can show YouTube videos on interactive whiteboards (on both active and SMARTboard even though it is easier with SMART) or even project (yes, with a projector) them onto walls. If the teacher has a classroom wiki (I’ll review this awesome tool soon) or blog, such as Wordpress or blogger (R.I.P Skyblog) you can either embed the video, or in the case of Blogger and social media like Facebook, YouTube has a share button that makes embedding your selected videos in other places as easy as point and click.
Stream LIVE class content for advanced students and remedial courses
Oh yes, you understood right. This is my favorite YouTube option ever as it opens path to many possibilities. This little option is new since google acquired YouTube and it is available to registered users that have a clear account. If you have been flagged to many times or if you have a copyright strike on your account, it is unfortunately impossible to stream live. It enables teachers to stream class content or remedial courses without having to move from your house. You want to know how to stream live for your class? Then watch this little video closely!