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Use YouTube Videos in your Classroom

YouTube and Education

YouTube Videos can enhance learning. Discover the benefits!

Are your students doing a research project or giving a presentation? Consider how YouTube can help!

Videos posted to YouTube or elsewhere on the Internet are an excellent source of information. Documentaries, speeches, and how-to demonstrations are just some of the videos your students can watch.

Is YouTube blocked at your school? It is at ours. This doesn’t stop the students from using Internet videos to improve learning.

This blog entry lists other websites that post high-quality educational videos. As well, this blog entry explains a simple technique to filter all YouTube videos out of your Google search results so your students can find only the ones they can watch in the computer lab. Keep reading!

This week my students completed Assignment 8 in the technology project, TechnoJourney. In this assignment students were challenged to find educational videos that could help them complete their school work. They looked for a documentary on a polar bear, speech by Martin Luther King, demonstration on how to build a bridge using Popsicle sticks, and more! Afterwards we discussed the benefits of using videos.

Educational Benefits of YouTube Videos

There are many reasons why your students should use YouTube Videos:

  1. Research Facts: Your students can learn about a topic by watching a video. They can pause it to record facts and then resume playing to learn even more!
  2. Personally Meaningful: A video can create a connection with the viewer. By watching the event it makes the viewer feel like they are part of the action. For example, if your students read a speech by Martin Luther King it would not be as compelling as actually watching him deliver it to an audience.
  3. Complex Topics are Made Simple: Some concepts are difficult to understand. A video demonstration can make a complex topic easier to comprehend.
  4. Presentation Tool: A video can be shown during a presentation as a hook to aquire audience interest, illustrate a concept, or highlight an important point.
  5. Current Information: Be up-to-date! Your students can watch a video to learn about the the latest information on a topic, view a speech given that day, or watch a demonstration of a modern device.
  6. Assist Weak Readers: If you have students that are weak readers videos are an excellent teaching tool. A video allows them to gather research facts, engages their interest in a topic, and helps them to comprehend a concept.
  7. Target Learning Styles: People don’t learn the same. Videos target students who are visual learners.

Website with High-Quality Educational Videos

If you can’t access YouTube there are many other websites that have excellent videos. Here are some of my favorites!

National Geographic for Kids: Videos are divided by topic such as animals, history, people, and science. These videos are fantastic!

History.com: The videos are listed by topic or historical event. Many videos are only a few minutes long yet offer an excellent summary.

PBS Nova: Science and technology concepts are made interesting and are easy to understand.

How Stuff Works: This website has a video about EVERY topic you can think about. At the bottom of the page are a list of categories that let you pick from numerous topics such as endangered species, earth science, and anatomy. A NOTE OF CAUTION: This website has a video about EVERYTHING. Depending on your school community, it may have videos about topics you might not want your students to view.

NASA Video Gallery: Encourage your students to watch videos posted to the NASA website if you are doing a Space unit. They are so interesting.

How to Filter Google Search Results to Remove all YouTube Videos

If YouTube is blocked at your school, searching for videos can be frustrating. It often seems like all the perfect videos are ones that your students cannot view. This can cause your students to become discouraged. Follow these instructions to filter your Google search results so that no YouTube videos show up in the search results.

  1. Display the Google Search Page
  2. Type keyword phrase video -youtube. For example polar bear video -youtube

Yes, it really is THAT SIMPLE! The minus sign tells Google NOT TO SHOW ANY RESULTS WITH THE WORD YOUTUBE!

Is YouTube Blocked at Your School?

Can you watch YouTube videos at your school? Do you encourage your students to use online videos to enhance learning? Share your ideas!

Other Articles about Teaching Internet Skills using TechnoJourney

Now the Students’ Turn: Reflecting on TechnoJourney
A Teacher Speaks Out: Yes, you should teach Internet skills!
Peer to Peer Teaching – Students Become the Teachers
Internet Tour Guide Activity
Use YouTube Videos in your Classroom
Students Love Google Maps
Review How to Sort Google Images with Your Students
Teaching Internet Skills – The Trust Test
Wikipedia in the Classroom
Bookmarking is a Basic Internet Skill that can be Complex
Metacognition and Teaching about the Internet
4 Strategies for Reviewing Internet Search Results
When Should Students Start Using the Internet?
Should you Teach Internet Skills?

Students Love Google Maps

Use Google Maps with your Grade 3 and 4 Students

Use Google Maps with your Grade 3 and 4 Students

I didn’t think my students would like the map making lesson. I thought they would find it boring.

I was WRONG!

My Grade 3 and Grade 4 students LOVED map making!

I am teaching TechnoJourney, as a guest instructor. The classroom teacher had selected the assignments she wanted me to teach from the technology project. One of the extension activities she chose was map making. In this activity, students use Google Maps to display a street map of the school area and generate a set of driving directions.

I had scheduled the activity for half the class. I did not think it would take very long as there was not that much to do. We just had to type in a few addresses and then explore some of the viewing options. What I did not anticipate was how much the students would love map making.

When using Google Maps the Grade 3 and Grade 4 students loved:

  • changing the magnification of the map
  • displaying photos from around their neighborhood
  • viewing a satellite image of the area around the school
  • pretending to drive around their neighborhood using Street View
  • checking to make sure that the driving directions generated by Google were correct
  • printing out the driving directions with a map and Street View images

Google Maps sparked student interest and it did not take long for the short lesson to expand in a surprising way. Students began to ask excellent questions. They wanted to see and explore more. So we did!

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Review How to Sort Google Images with Your Students

Review How to Sort Google Images with Your Students

Review How to Sort Google Images with Your Students

Take ten minutes at the beginning of class to transform your students into Internet Experts! In this blog article, I outline six options that make it easy for your students to find the perfect picture for their school assignment. Read on to learn more!

I am teaching the TechnoKids technology project, TechnoJourney. I am on Assignment 7 which includes activities for searching, sorting, and saving pictures from the Internet. Most of my students already know how to find an online image and save it to their folder. However, what I quickly discovered is that after typing in a keyword, the only strategy used to review the search results is to scroll up and down the screen scanning the bank of images to find the one they like.

The good news is there is a better way to quickly find the perfect picture! My students were so pleased to realize there was a faster way. Perhaps your students will be too!

You students have likely used Google Images hundreds of time. Despite how many times they have used this search engine, most will have never noticed the options on the LEFT side of the screen. Images can be sorted and filtered by subject, size, color, type, size, and time. These options will allow your students to find what they want FASTER!

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Teaching Internet Skills – The Trust Test

Teaching Internet Skills - The Trust Test

Is the source trustworthy? Use these tips to determine if a web-based article passes the Trust Test.

Many elementary students trust everything they read on the Internet. They believe that if it is written on a web page, then it must be true. It is essential that teachers provide their students with criteria they can use to determine if the information they are using for a research project  is from a reliable source.

I call this…the Trust Test.

This week my students, who are completing TechnoJourney, learned about trust.  We found an article on the Internet and using a checklist we determined if the information was trustworthy. There are 7 elements to the checklist. I have outlined them below. You do not need to have a checkmark for all 7 elements to trust the source. However, if you have barely any checkmarks, then this is an indicator that you need to find a better source of information or look for another website that has the same information to double check the facts.

Web Address has a Name that is Well-Known

The web address gives you clues about whether you can trust the source of information. If the web address has the name of a well-known place, organization, publication, or educational television program it most likely can be trusted. For example, trustworthy URLs might be www.nasa.gov, www.britishmuseum.org, or www.nationalgeographic.com.

Web Address Shows the Type of Web Page as gov, edu, or org

The web address gives you clues about the type of web page:

  • .gov means the web page is written by the government
  • .org means the web page is written by an organization
  • .edu means the web page is written by an education organization
  • .com means the web page is written by a business

Web pages with the suffix .gov or .edu are trustworthy. Most web pages that end in org can also be trusted. You will need to check other factors to make sure that you can trust information from a .com web page. For example, the .gov in the web address http://www.epa.gov tells you right away that the information is trustworthy.

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