Video in the Classroom

Last evening I led a class on “You Tube for Teachers,” which covered more than the big YT. We looked at different ways video can be used in the classroom, without necessarily creating your own from scratch. We embraced the re-mix mentality, but also just examined the gamut of both free and paid video sources.


My handout for the session is available via our Wiki.

What surprised me is that several folks had never really looked at YouTube in detail before. Because we’re a Google Apps for Education district, teachers can authenticate to YouTube using their Goochland Google ID. I think there are misconceptions about it, I am not sure. This is what I suspect. Teachers don’t want to access YouTube because:

  1. It’s blocked by default and they figure it’s a bad website to visit.
  2. It’s got amateur videos that are of little use in education.
  3. It’s video and is bandwidth hogging.
  4. It requires and account and it’s probably complicated to use.

Hopefully some of these possible myths were dispelled. We saw that it’s pretty easy to use; it’s easy to sign-in with your Google ID, and there is valuable content to be found. It’s different for sure than Discovery Streaming, and you won’t necessarily find the same type of videos. It’s true, video can take up a lot of bandwidth. But if it’s for educational purposes, use the bandwidth! And yes, there are inappropriate videos on YouTube. That’s another reason for keeping it filtered. But we hope you use the variety of services and websites linked to the wiki to use video in the classroom. Just remember – short chunks are best – and it really comes alive for challenging kids with critical thinking.