8 Great YouTube Resources
As our schools are (slowly) getting more technology, and we can bring our classrooms to the 21st century, it is both amazing and overwhelming the wealth of resources that are out there in the web. I have been trying to use more multimedia as supplemental pieces to my lessons, either as a resource or as a way to build on and reinforce what I just taught. Not only that, but I also have found that someone showing a teaching strategy or actual implementation of something makes me much more excited to try it myself than just reading about it. This was all inspired by a video I watched at an ELA Fellows meeting, but I’ll get to that one later.
I think, by now, all of us have heard of Khan Academy. Math teachers tend to talk about it, and maybe a student has mentioned it. In my quest for more YouTube channels that I could use for ELA and History, Khan Academy popped up. Wait. What? Yes, not only can you find the perfect video for helping with multiplying fractions, but you can also find videos on GRAMMAR, HISTORY, and more.
This is a resource full of varied videos on many different topics. According to their website, https://ed.ted.com/lessons, “The most meaningful TED-Ed videos are collaborations between the TED-Ed team and at least one of the following: a curious learner, an exceptional educator, or a talented visualization artist.” You can nominate people on the website to be TED-Ed video and lesson collaborators. Yes, they have some lesson components that accompany the videos on their channel.
There is a channel called Teachers. I found that this channel has a mix of videos for students and videos for professional development. They do not have uploaded videos, but what they do have are playlists. I will address those more at the end.
Focusing more now on professional development, Edutopia is very active on Twitter and in the education world. Their YouTube channel has some great professional development resources. The ones that caught my eye the most were their “60-Second Strategy” videos. Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes seeing something in action is inspiring and can excite you to try it yourself.
Google for Education
Wow. So much information here. My school uses Chromebooks and we are slowly getting more and more teachers comfortable with google tools. This YouTube channel has some great resources for learning how to do new things and how to better use what you are already using. I have been using Google Classroom for years, but I am getting better and better with it all the time. I just realized that you could copy assignments from other classes. Wow did I feel silly that I had not known how before. Google for Education has started a “EDU in 90” series to help teach us more about the google tools.
Cult of Pedagogy
This is the channel that got me started on this blog topic. I was drawn to the “Instruction” videos that are short reminders of instructional strategies to use in the classroom. Many we already know of and some we use, but sometimes a little jumpstart on motivation is helpful, and we can get it from a good video. There are also some interesting videos on classroom management and educational technology.
I wanted to end this by mentioning YouTube playlists. They were on my radar, but I just thought of them for music. As I was searching for videos to use in my Washington State History class, I found that there were some teachers who had already created playlists for that very topic! You can save these playlists, that other people have created, to your own YouTube account, and you can create your own playlists if you have established a YouTube channel with your account. If a video you are watching is part of a playlist, it will show up under the video on the right side (on a computer) and you can click the “save playlist” button (as shown in my picture). The playlists can be saved as public, private, or “unlisted” (which means they can be shared, but are not searchable). I found that there was a lack of good writing playlists so I am going to make it my mission to develop one for my class.
Do any of you have great channels, videos, or playlists to recommend?
In my non-teacher consumed hours I love to spend time with my husband and son, play board games, sew/craft/quilt, and read (I DO teach ELA).I aspire to be more into fitness and outdoors more often, though I find a comfy chair and a good book/movie mightily appealing.