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The Power of YouTube- Rebecca Muller

As educators, we know how precious time is for both our students and planning our lessons.  We value our planning time.  In the past, I've used my planning time to create lessons, gather materials and look for relevant videos.  There are many sites that offer educational videos but YouTube is my first choice.  I have spent hours looking for the right video for a lesson. Then sometimes, I have just gone down a “mouse hole”.  The “mouse hole” is attributed to the book, "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie."  Where one thing leads to another and I find myself on YouTube watching goats running around.  My planning time is over and I don't think I was as productive as I should have been.

Has this ever happened to you?  It has happened to me a few times. As I learned more about YouTube and all the benefits it provides educators, I thought teaching others about it may give them the gift of time (planning period) back.

Videos have been a part of our classroom tools for a long time.  The medium may have changed, but providing educational content through media is increasingly useful and accessible.

One of the COpilot classes being offered this semester is Using YouTube in your Classroom. This class provides you an opportunity to learn the features that YouTube provides as a Google App for Education.  Teachers will actively participate in online learning to develop an understanding of the power YouTube can have in education and in your classroom.  We will explore and discover the many educators that have already provided us with fabulous content to use in our lessons. Teachers can learn how to become curators of videos that fit their curriculum and understand how to organize them.

Come and join me in learning all about YouTube while earning credit at the same time.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

Create a YouTube channel
Demonstrate the curation of videos by creating (playlists) that can be directly tied to grade level state standards and district curriculum.
Identify various types of video creation found on YouTube and respond to them in our class discussion.
Explore other educators YouTube Channels and subscribe to ones that pertain to their curriculum.
Create an educational instructional video that other teachers could use.