Yes, in our technology connected world, we can instantly upload a video to YouTube. Though we quickly associate negative actions with YouTube, there are plenty of educational uses for it.
Lets first bash the myth that YouTube is only utilized by teenagers. According to a Nielson/NetRating, 36% of YouTube users are under 35 years of age. That means that 64% of YouTube users are 35 or older. In fact, 22% are over 55 years old. People of all ages use YouTube.
YouTube has certainly made its way into the classroom. Teachers create instructional videos for their students and are able to share them with other teachers. They are also able to search YouTube and find videos of experts sharing their talents, other teachers demonstrating successful strategies and, among other things, videos to support their instruction. YouTube can certainly enhance the instruction in the classroom and beyond, as these videos can be posted for students and parents to view.
At home, your child can access a teacher’s lesson for review or additional assistance with homework. Often we don’t understand something the first time we hear it and our children certainly struggle with homework when they attempt to complete assignments independently at home. YouTube can be a resource for them. If their teacher doesn’t post lessons on YouTube, many teachers do. If your child needs to review how to do a 3-digit division problem or properly use punctuation marks, there are YouTube videos to assist. It never ceases to amaze me how many videos are created for educational purposes and how easy it is for students to access them.
So the next time your child asks for your assistance with calculus, don’t just give them a blank look, direct them to YouTube. There are instructional and tutorial videos on every subject and every concept.