The internet is an amazing tool for finding great educational videos. I use You Tube all the time. It is a great to place to find video clips of just about anything. But that is the issue, unless you know where to look you can get very lost indeed. There is a lot of great stuff on there but also a lot of silly and useless stuff too. If you direct students to find or research things on You Tube in class or at home they can waste time. What is the solution? A You Tube channel. There are so many uses for You Tube in the classroom. Below are a few ideas to get you going.
Upload your own videos
A great way to engage your pupils is to make short videos for various topics you are teaching or wanting students to revise. You could video yourself speaking to the camera talking through a topic - a reassuring teacher face in a time of need perhaps. You can use screen casting programs to record a walk through of a PTT with your voice-over included. I recommend using something like Screencast O'Matic or Explain Everything. These videos can be used again and again if you teach a topic to more than one class or repeat it year on year.
Create playlists of videos for class topics
You don't have to create your own videos and upload them to You Tube to use the site for revision or pre-learning tasks, there are plenty of ready made videos and playlists on millions of topics from philosophy to molecular science. Teachers up across the world have uploaded their lovingly made videos on topics a plenty. Simply search a particular topic or subject and hey presto - the videos will appear.
Create playlists for inspiration
I like to create playlists to inspire and motivate my students. I may collect together videos I have used or want to use for assembly or to recommend to my tutors to use with their tutor group. I also like to have a playlist of videos to pull out of the hat whenever one of those "Miss... why should we care about learning..." conversations start in class. Great to discuss it and they view a clip to bring it outside of the classroom. I also like to save music collections in a playlist to have playing in the background for when pupils are writing. We listened to a variety of love songs while writing poetry the other week, the James Bond theme tune collection for spy writing, classical music for general focus (Y11 asked for this again today after pretending to hate it last lesson - you know who you are! ;-)) There are lots of collections you could create to help set the tone and mood of your lessons.
Create playlists for extension tasks
We all have the super speedy students in our classes. Well have them log on, or have their device ready, as the enter. When they finish early (because they always do!) you can direct them to your you tube channel to look at a particular playlist for the topic and extend their knowledge. Get them to present the extra information they have gathered to the class when the task ends for everyone else. Everyone is happy!
Save private videos for select groups
You can save videos in your you tube channel privately. Only you and the people you select can see them then. This is ideal for when you film students doing presentations and drama for example. Something that they may be fearful of having filmed if it was available in the public domain. That way you can still review it, share it with specific people via email and not have to take up memory on devices and computers - and still be able to view the piece from wherever you are.
Create discussions around selected videos
Ask students to comment on videos you have created or directed them to. They will need guidance as to how to do this and what to say so it is useful. This can be an interesting discussion task with a wider audience.
Flip your classroom
You can set homework to watch a clip / series of clips in preparation for the next lesson. That way you save precious class time for doing rather than watching and instructing. More information on flipping your classroom can be found here.
Below is a video showing you how to set up a channel if you think it may be of use.