Youtube is a great entertainment tool and learning tool as well. Everyone can create their own channel, share their videos, and comment on others’. I personally follow some youtubers and some channels to learn English and somethings I can never be exposed to. There are tons of videos in different topics, ranging from entertainment, politics,to education, you name it.
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an facilitate learning and make learning interesting. You can use videos to deepen students’ understanding, or help visual learners.Videos are always good for explaining theories behind the phenomenon, like why leaves turn yellow in the Fall, since pictures and sounds make the explanation interesting and simple. Videos can be used to generate students’ ideas. In the first grader’ classroom, students are working on writing how-to books(something they know how to do). My CT shew students a video clip of how to make paper airplanes to teach students something new, so they have more to write about. To foster students’ critical thinking ability and build on their ELA writing classes, they can watch different youtubers expressing their ideas on one topic, check comments and write their own ideas.
Teacher can create their own channels, record class lessons and post them online so they students can watch it to enhance their understanding of knowledge they learned. It is also helpful for kids who miss classes since they can check videos to catch up. If they have any questions, they can leave comments and teacher can answer their questions later.
In addition, instead of always handing in hard copy homework, teachers can ask students to record a video about things they are learning to make the assignments diverse and interesting. They can also give students links of videos for students to check as assignments.
The downside of using Youtube videos is that the information on Youtube is not assorted and can be dangerous. Teachers need to teach students media literacy to differentiate different videos and make sure they are critical enough to distinguish different videos and get videos suitable to them. Also, since the videos are super diverse, students are easily distracted by some videos about games, TV dramas and so on. When they log into Youtube, we can not guarantee they are watch what they are asked to instead of watching they want to, which can be a waste of time. So the students need to have strong self-discipline skills and good time management skills to get work done.