YouTube in the Classroom

Students are increasingly turning to videos as a source of learning, a phenomenon that is quite apparent to the EdGate Correlation Team. In a recent article, "Technology in the Classroom: Using YouTube," Jordan Catapano suggests several reasons for using videos with students, as follows:

  • An outside resource: the teacher finds or creates videos that address the material being studied and provides links to students.
  • Supplemental video resources: when class time is limited, the teacher can share interesting links for work outside of class.
  • Self-directed projects: the teacher can encourage a search for interesting and relevant information.
  • A substantial complement to the classroom: using videos can heighten ideas through visual illustrations.

Catapano reinforces his ideas even further by suggesting that teachers can learn more about the content they teach; videos "hook" students into watching classroom materials; more and more experts are sharing their knowledge for free, such as "Crash Course Series" by John & Hank Green and the Khan Academy; seeing and hearing via video helps understanding and retention.  Additionally, students who find useful content can share it with other students and teachers and students can create original content & share their expertise.

He reminds educators that students must evaluate videos for their usefulness, timeliness and appropriateness and not become distracted by those that are of little educational value.

In a related article, Meghan Mathis, reinforces many of Catapano's ideas. She talks about using electronic devices as supplements to lessons through "teachable moments." She cites the increasing educational resources being produced by respectable experts and goes on to discuss how these devices provide the opportunity to locate material that fits the student's needs and gives them the independence to make appropriate choices. She believes educators must guide students toward responsible citizenship by helping to increase their critical thinking by evaluating Websites for reliability. Finally, she says that the devices can heighten student interest by "hooking" them on the material currently being studied.  We can only surmise that videos will become even more and more prevalent with each passing year.

By: Nancy Rubesch
Project Manager