Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Teaching with YouTube

This school year was the first year YouTube has not been blocked in my school system.  I don’t remember how I made that discovery, but it sure made me one happy teacher!  There are thousands of educational videos that are great for the classroom!  If you have access at your school and don’t use it- I encourage you to start.  There are a few things I discovered that helped me that I’ll pass on to you:
1. Create a channel.  When you create your own channel you can mark videos as “favorite” and they will be saved there.  This makes it super easy to go back and find that one that you really liked, but just can’t remember the title…

2.  When you find channels you like, subscribe to them.  Subscribing to a channel creates a shortcut to that channel- it shows up in a listing on the side of your home page.
3.  Never search for a video while your students are watching. You never know what will pop up!  Even the most innocent search words can bring up some rough stuff…
4.  Use the pop out/full screen option for viewing with students.  This eliminates ads on the side that can be distracting and/or inappropriate.
Youtube linky
I have linked up with Mrs. Nelson from, Run! Mrs. Nelson’s Got the Camera, who is hosting a YouTube Linky Party to share your favorite videos.  Here are some of mine…
This video is from KidsTV123.  It is a GREAT channel!

This one is kind of long, so I only show some of it.  Does a great job of showing how things are recycled.
Shows how clouds are formed.
Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Thanks for sharing your tips! Our county recently unblocked the use of YouTube so I am beyond thrilled. I love your video selections!!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. Thanks for checking out my post!

  2. Thanks for linking up. These are all new to me. I def. agree with your tips.
    Thanks again,

  3. Great YouTube ideas!!! Thanks for sharing:) This was the first year it has not been blocked in my district as well and we have certainly enjoyed it!!!
    Thanks for following my blog 1st Grade ROCKS!!! !!

  4. I love the cloud video... I've never seen that one before! I'm so bookmarking it for next year!
    A Turn to Learn

    1. I have a PowerPoint on clouds and precipitation on TpT that has that video and some others embedded in it. You can click the TpT link at the top of my blog if you're interested in it.
      :) dana

  5. Thank you for the YouTube videos! I love your blog and I am a new follower! I hope you will check out mine!



  6. It's blocked at school for both students and teachers. It's a shame. There are so many great resources out there.
    Thanks for sharing!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  7. Thanks for the tips and for sharing your videos. I just added them to my playlist on youtube.


  8. Thank you for sharing this. We are still not supposed to go to YouTube but I break the rules in the name of education. I'll see if I can set this up. I am a new follower and thank you for following my blog, I'll keep you posted on my donors choose project.



  9. Thanks for sharing. I use You Tube all the time in my classroom- it is such a great resource. Have you tried Harry's Kindergarten? I am so glad that I found your blog. I am looking forward to following you. Please stop by my blog if you have a chance.


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