Over the years, YouTube has slowly evolved from being a classroom novelty to becoming a classroom staple for many educators. Whether you are looking to YouTube for quick and easy explanations, engaging animations or just relevant class material, there is no better place to start than YouTube’s official ‘Education’ channel.
Compatibility: Web / Tablet / Phone
Access: No signup required
A Quick Look
1. Find the right grade level
YouTube’s education channel is broken down into three sub-channels: Primary & Secondary Education, University and Lifelong Learning. Each of these categorize videos into the appropriate grade bracket and then down further into specific subject areas. Do make sure to explore a little outside of your own specialization, as there are all sorts of gems hidden in each sub-channel that can really add to a well-rounded learning experience.
2. Search within the channel
Once in a particular channel you are able to use the specialized search field in the channel menu to search for specific keywords within that channel. This is extremely useful as searching YouTube in its entirety can often yield vaguely relevant or inappropriate results. This gives the security of knowing that any video returned from the search has been vetted by YouTube as being appropriate for educational use.
3. Video topic introductions
Once you have found the perfect video or set of videos, try using them as the hook to get students interested or excited about a topic. Pointing students to a visual explanation or a series of puzzling questions can be an engaging way to pave the way for genuine interest and fascination. Overview videos can also offer a good summary of a subject and help put the topic into context and allow students to see real applications and understand the relevance of further study.
4. Flip it
With some videos on YouTube Education lasting over an hour in length, a whole lesson could be over before a video is viewed in full. Try using this as an opportunity to ‘flip the classroom’ and have students watch lengthy videos at home or in their own time. Class time can then be used to discuss the video further and answer any questions that may arise.
5. Integrate into class work
Being the largest library of online video (by far), YouTube is integrated into a number of different platforms, adding whole new levels of functionality to just watching video. Try using TED-Ed, Educaon or EDpuzzle to add assessment and additional resource to your videos.
Links and Next Steps
- How to Use Online Video in Your Classroom – Article from Edutopia
- Tips for Teachers Who Wish to Use YouTube in Classroom
- Using Youtube In The Classroom – Video series on getting set up
- Using YouTube as a Time Machine for Your Classroom – Infographic
- YouTube in the classroom: A new necessity? – Thoughts from District Administration
- 5 Quick Ways To Start Using Video In The Classroom – Video ideas
- My Favorite YouTube Videos to Show in Math Class
What YouTube channels do you find most useful for educational resources. Let us know in the comments below.