Using YouTube Channels for Education

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Youtube could provide your classroom with even more educational opportunities.
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Any student who has attended school since about 1996 has been taught, hopefully, how to find reliable sources on the Internet. But students aren’t the only people who can benefit from the Web. The Internet, for all its problems, has proven an invaluable resource for educators. It makes it easier to find lesson plans, to do research, to communicate with students, and to share ideas.

Have you considered using YouTube in the classroom? As the Internet’s largest home of freely accessible videos, YouTube provides people with a platform to express themselves and communicate with others…and to watch cat videos and listen to pirated music.

But it also provides organization that can really help educators out when looking for videos to share with their students. Such as the #Education channel. The channel in question collects videos within the Education category, allowing people who follow that channel to see pretty much anything within that category when it gets posted. It can save educators a lot of time at the search bar.

Other useful channels exist as well, like #LifeLongLearning or #PrimaryAndSecondaryEducation. The easiest way to make use of these channels is to subscribe to them. Depending on your personal settings, you can get emails whenever a channel you subscribe to gets new content, or you can receive regular notices of new content.

Following channels such as these, or the channels of specific schools, educators, or other content creators, allows educators quick access to new videos. You can create your own playlists of videos that you’ve used, which other users can see as well.

Such channels also give educators an easy way to define searches for student projects. Maybe they have to find a video to discuss with the class from a specific channel. Or you can use such channels as starting points for research projects. The videos can supplement your lectures or inspire them. Nobody knows everything, and the democratic nature of the Internet allows us to share what knowledge we do have with anyone who’s interested.

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