YouTube Beats the Networks?

Did you know:
From 1948 to 2008 NBC, ABC, CBS broadcast more than one million hours of programming. In the past 6 months, individuals posted more than a million hours of original video on YouTube alone-more than the networks broadcast in the previous 60 years combined

The above quote from ISTE magazine Learning & Leading with Technology provides some useful tips for teachers to consider when adding a video project to their curriculum. Everyday, people carry devices that can be used to document the world around them with cameras, or movie recorders. In addition, they can watch assigned videos on these small devices anywhere, anytime! Today’s student had the tech savvy and hardware to create a short video anywhere, anytime and we need to provide some educational foundation to their process.

A great example, from the article for using video, mentions Abbott and Costello’s debate over how to fairly share 29 donuts with 7 people. This B&W video clip might be just the right hook for starting a math lesson on fractions. Finding the right clip to enhance you lesson is time consuming, but makes your lesson memorable.

Additionally, not everyone is a creator of video, so providing the right snippit of learning material can help students with visualization of concepts of science, cultures of the world, geography, or the motion of sport. You should know by now what wonderful resources DiscoveryEduation streaming provides for classrooms. Visiting an exploding volcano is not on the approved field trip list, but a DiscoveryEducation movie can do the trick.

Try using a 1 minute video to introduce a concept or connection to your lesson. You do not need to show a 20 or 30 minute video to make a point.

More links for video will be in Part II of this post next week.

Article summary and photo from Learning & Leading with Technology ISTE June/July 2009 magazine p.30


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