YouTube is defined as an; "Internet website that specializes in publishing user-posted video clip...[it has] a fanbase of over twenty million users...Two million videos are added to YouTube's stock of 100 million videos every month" (What-is-what, 2009). YouTube was created in 2005 and by 2007 became one of the top ten most popular websites on the Internet. Most of the content is amateur home movies, although, professional content is increasing, particularly with advertisers. There are a number of emerging sites similar to YouTube. One of these is TeacherTube. TeacherTube is specifically designed, at the name suggests, for teachers. There are a lot of ideas, songs and content available on the website. It is great for exploring a particular topic.
YouTube and TeacherTube are a fantastic resources, they can be used in the classroom in a multitude of ways. The clips can be used as a hook, or a medium for communicating information. Learners could even be provided with the opportunity to create their very own YouTube clip. This would create an authentic classroom task. If learners knew that the world would have access to their clip, the learners would be engaged. In the Engagement Theory Framework, 'Donate' of the 'Relate'-'Create'-'Donate' theory is being utilised. The 'Donate' component; "stresses the value of making a useful contribution while learning. Ideally each project has an outside 'customer' that the project is being conducted for" (Kearsley & Shneiderman,1999). In this case it would be the entire world as the audience!
I have been using YouTube and TeacherTube for a very long time now, as is evidenced by my prior blog entry titled "Video". I have been exploring the sites for a way in which I can utilise a clip for my coming lesson in my year two prac class. I discovered this clip:
I would use the clip to introduce the lesson. The learners are learning about the weather and after a number of weeks
of keeping track of the weather and exploring the weather, they are now going to learn about weather reports. The
learners would have the opportunity to discuss the weather reports after watching the clip. After discussing the
knowledge that learners already had and what they picked up from the clip, I would show them the clip again, pausing
at different moments to discuss. I would then explain that learners will be becoming their very own weather reporters.
We would discuss as a class the type of weather aspects that the YouTube clip contained. As a class, I would then
introduce a 'Weather Report Planner' worksheet which would contain the different aspects of the weather which I would
want learners to report about. We would discuss the sheet. The learners would then be paired off and could begin their
very own report. The lesson would then be carried onto the next lesson until all pairs of learners had created and
filmed their own weather report.
I could have simply began this lesson without the YouTube clip, through discussing weather reports on television that
learners had already seen. But, there is the possibility that some learners may never have watched a weather report
before, or had only seen one briefly. It is so important as a learning manager not to make assumptions about learners
and to cater for their diversity.
Thanks for reading,
Kearsley, G. & Shneiderman, B. (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Retrieved August 12, 2009, from http://home.sprynet.com/%7Egkearsley/engage.htm
What-is-what. (2009). What is YouTube? Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://what-is-what.com/what_is/youtube.html