If you’re a kid, you’re on YouTube. Hey, if you’re an adult you are too. But, really I don’t think adults realize the extent of our students’ obsession with YouTube these days. Kids go bonkers over the latest YouTube superstars. They watch their fav. channels religiously. Many kids already have missions of being the next YouTube super star! So how can we harness all of this energy and enthusiasm for YouTube in our classrooms? Here is a list of five ways you can incorporate YouTube into your class (with videos, sweet!)…
Student YouTube Channels
If your students have a gmail account, then they have the ability to create their very own YouTube channel! Next year my students will use YouTube as their online Portfolio. They will create a channel that houses videos about what they’ve learned throughout the school year! Here’s a short video to teach students how to set up their very own YouTube account!
Playlists for Your Units
If your school doesn’t provide students with gmail accounts, no worries, there are still lots of creative ways for you to incorporate YouTube in your class. You can create playlists for your units! Making playlists is super easy. Here’s a video about making playlists…
Writing Comments on Videos
Are you teaching argumentative writing anytime soon? How about allowing students to write reviews about educational videos. They can type their draft comment in a Google Doc for you to grade and then post their comment in YouTube!
Teacher Educational Videos
Why not create educational YouTube videos of your own and post them to your teacher YouTube account? Does that sound hard? Guess what, it’s not! You can use a platform like My Simple Show, Powtoon, Screencastify or Screencast-o-matic to create your video and then upload it to your teacher channel. You could even require students to comment their thoughts and questions below the video!
And my last creative way to use YouTube of the day is…create an interactive YouTube video! What is an interactive YouTube video? It is a video that includes buttons students can click! Check out this awesome video about how to do this by James Sanders the creator of Breakout EDU
About Amanda Werner:
My name is Amanda Werner and I’m the author behind the website amandawritenow.com I love teaching writing and participating in the Secondary Series Facebook Live crew on Thursdays! You can also find me on Instagram @amandawritenow, Twitter @amandawritenow, or directly via email [email protected]