YouTube and Google have added some new features to make YouTube more useful for learning. YouTube.com/education is a place for teachers to search over 700K videos safe for use in the classroom. There are over 1000 educational channels to learn from. You can even nominate your personal channel to be added to YouTube.com/education here.
You can search for videos of short lessons to share with your students to supplement what you have discussed in class. I run a website which houses a special chemistry curriculum used in the state of Indiana. I only have about 40 users but these teachers use my site to connect, discuss, and develop new materials for our curriculum. Some of my teachers work in very small, rural schools with limited access to laboratory materials. Several of the users have come together to film our chemistry demonstrations and labs and have uploaded those videos to YouTube. I can then link those videos to my site and allow teachers and students access to experiencing a demonstration that couldn’t be performed in their own school. This process is also creating a collection of videos to share with students who have missed class.
You can even find entire courses to watch from such higher learning institutions as Stanford and MIT. I’m currently making my way through the “Science and Cooking” series produced at Harvard. I will take what I learn from this lecture series and develop a three-week survey course on food chemistry. YouTube is helping teachers and students connect with content outside of their own classrooms. Check out the following link to get started!
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