There are a number of excellent educational youtube videos available. Working through them to find the right ones for your class can be a challenging task. One set of movies that I have been using recently are created by John Greene. They are called Crash Course in World History lessons. The animation and information presented is both engaging and right on par with the information I help teach in 6th grade. Now, that being said, John Greene speaks so fast. To counter this – I have Splicd the youtube to just the portion I want my class to watch. Then I embed the Splicd edition on the class website. There is also a toggle to show subtitles. My students then watched the video and filled out guiding questions, at their own pace, rather than watching it together as a class. I found this to be extremely effective. My students told me they went home and watched it a few more times just to fully understand the concepts. John Greene has created videos on all of the major ancient civilizations, as well as well-known wars and revolutions. Above is the video I used to show my students (just not spliced).
There are so many good movie clips available to teachers on youtube. On this website I have mentioned a number of them (flocabulary, schoolhouse rock, khan academy). So what can you, as a teacher, do to show youtube videos without all the ads on the side? or what if you want to show a portion of a clip without showing the entire youtube clip?
Well, as always, here’s a free resource for you.
It’s called: SPLICD.
Splicd is a very easy-to-use. All you have to do is copy your youtube url and decide the seconds you wish to play. Then you can easily share your video with others or on your class website.
As teachers we know that students learn in all different ways with learning styles and multiple intelligences. Nonetheless, it is our job to teach every student. In order to be successful in this we are going to have to differentiate in our classroom. Differentiation, according to Carol Ann Tomlinson, can be done in four categories: content, process, product, and learning environment. Sometimes we wonder how else we can possibly say something to get through to our students.
Well… have you considered songs? Music?
Here are a few songs I have found – just to give you a taste… if you find songs that your classroom just can’t live without please let me know!
- It’s too Late to Apologize: A Declaration: This song takes the popular song: It’s too Late to Apologize and connects new lyrics to it – using the point of view of colonists writing the declaration of independence against the king of Britain.
- Five elements of a short story: This song is by flocabulary. If you haven’t seen their videos you are missing out. These music videos are incredible. There are a number of great things about flocabulary music videos. First, they have lyrics available for each of their songs. Second, they are very engaging and clever. Third, they do not lose out on their educational quality. Five elements would be excellent for any level of student.
- Much ado about nothing: This song is also by flocabulary. This song, as well as The Odyssey and Huck Finn, may be better for older kids.
- The Parellellogram Song: There are a number of science and math songs available by a gentleman named Weatherall on YouTube. Some of these are much better than others – but I have had some great laughs with them.
- The Fraction Song: A teacher created this fraction rap and put it on teachertube. Although it seems goofy, other teachers have said that the words stick with the kids.
- School House Rock – I’m a Bill: Of course – what’s a song list without school house rock on the list. There are a number of excellent School House Rock songs available on YouTube.
It’s amazing how much can stick when you put it to a tune – try out some of these songs!
I was recently exposed to an incredible, non-profit website. Salman Khan, in 2004, was a hedge fund analyst, who began posting mathematical videos on youtube so that his family could learn or practice online. He found out that he had a gift for educating via video and has since – mass produced educational videos.
For more information watch the following clip.
The Khan Academy website offers knowledge maps and exercises for students to practice mathematics. It also tracks progress and allows for teachers to create classes. Click here.
I have used the Khan Academy as a supplement to our Everyday Math Curriculum. Also, if students need extra practice – or if parents want their kids to practice math over summer – this is a great tool – and you can track their progress.
In the video shown – Salman mentions how some districts have completely adopted his method. He actually suggests that the khan academy “humanizes” the classroom – because students work on the computers at home learning how to solve the problems – and then at school it is independent work with the teacher being able to hover and coach each student.
Here is an example of one of Salman’s enormous quantity of videos. He is teaching why Lattice Multiplication works in this video.