How Could Using Youtube Facilitate Learning And Interaction In An Online Classroom

Youtube could be a great way to teach in your home class or working at your office.

How Could Using Youtube Facilitate Learning And Interaction In An Online Classroom

Author and former teacher Ashley Hall Clarke’s book, Ordinary Instruction, has just been released. It offers plenty of information and writing advice, but some of her more exciting takes are around how to use video sharing sites like Youtube in the classroom. Doing so would allow for effective hands-on learning to occur.

First things first, uploading your videos is easy. You’ll need to install a software application that will take care of this. YouTube can easily be done through the program called JetStream.

YouTube or the video sharing website Vimeo can help you interact with your students, as well. Videos often are talking points for a discussion. Students’ bodies are attached to their smart phones and can easily record reactions and reactions from a video that they see of a topic of interest and put the clip onto their own social media accounts. With just a click or two, they can link to the video. Sometimes student activity apps can be used to come up with ideas, too.

Clip4Learn is one of many YouTube learning modules that will allow you to build online learning tools by searching for the videos, entering the terms, and starting a lesson. If there are any videos that come up with discussion topics, links to the appropriate versions can be attached. This can be done in many different ways, from videos, to discussion, to writing assignments.

Some teachers use Vimeo to keep up with the latest news on various topics. Students’ smart phones can click over, capture the video, and then upload it to the website. Again, links can be made.

There’s another reason some educators might consider using some kind of video sharing tool: It brings an interesting element into the classroom. Webinar courses are all the rage for today. I subscribe to several of them. For example, I subscribe to a number of these webinars on the English department at ASU’s School of Journalism. There’s an ongoing discussion around more and more colleges and universities starting to adopt them.

Content from a webinar class can easily be exchanged between the classroom and the student’s social media accounts. If you have a program that permits you to record the webinar in real time and upload it to the website (The Cisco Bootstrap, for example, can do that), you can easily do this and be done with it. I am able to connect via Facetime with friends in every state when we are online for webinars. It’s a great way to exchange content back and forth.

“You know what else they bring in? Interaction,” says Hall Clarke.”

It’s real interaction, which, when it comes to learning and thinking, is a key factor. Students can be doing their own writing on their smart phones, even without access to a laptop. They can make their own classroom discussions on smart phones and smart watches. Often that is how students learn the most. It’s why the pressure on teachers to keep up with technology for their students is getting more frequent, not less.

Hall Clarke says it’s easy to forget that a webinar may be good for teaching because it’s “over,” just like video.

“I imagine you’ll be studying a lot in the first two hours of the course, learning the material. Maybe people will take the time to work through or add to those notes,” says Hall Clarke. “So why not for that first class have a video — just for a couple of hours and then people will go back to their task.”

“There’s lots of convenience,” says Hall Clarke.

“It has its own personality,” she says, “and that can be a very special part of education.”

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