Using You Tube/Teacher Tube in the Classroom

Using You Tube videos to support classroom learning programmes, how to embed videos in your blog and download videos to your computer for easy and smooth playback in class.

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Using YouTube/Teacher Tube in the classroom

This quote from Brenda Dyck rings through as important:
"Herding a class of students down to the computer lab to watch a few catchy videos has no more learning benefit than turning a class of students onto the Internet for a half hour of random surfing. The power of YouTube only is activated when the teacher has a clear idea of how a specific video clip can be used to introduce a concept or theme, instigate a discussion, or serve as a writing prompt."

Ways/Ideas to use YouTube/TeacherTube in your Classroom

TIP: Always preview and watch the clip first & possibly download for smooth playback (see below) before using with students
  • Start the lesson with a clip to introduce a new idea/topic/theme
  • Use as a motivator or inspiration for creative writing
  • Listen to and view native speakers for learning languages
  • Watch real scientists doing experiments
  • Use a clip to start a class discussion
  • Use clean official music video clips for fitness with students
  • View a "how to" video and use to assist with procedural writing
  • Learn how to make a better PowerPoint presentation (eg)
  • Use a clip as a listening or a viewing exercise with a focus
  • pre lesson - ask kids to view a clip at home and then discuss in class
  • Modelling and displaying speeches, debates and viewing with kids
  • View clip and evaluate pros and cons of people interacting/social skills
  • Motivating kids before starting a lesson - eg sports, PE

Embedding a YouTube Video in your Blog



Embedding a Teacher Tube Video in your Blog:

Find the video you'd like to embed, scroll down until you see this:

THEN paste into Blog as seen above in You Tube

Downloading Videos from YouTube/Teacher Tube

You cannot always rely on a video on the Internet to play perfectly and fluidly when you want to use in the classroom.
A great option is to avoid this, and also allow you to keep the video on your computer is to download it!

There are two main choices for this:

1) Download the video in YouTube format (FLV - Flash Video) and then play it in a player that can handle FLV files (Tim uses VLC media player)

2) Use an online video conversion and download service like:

If using an online converter and downloader, keepvid is pretty reliable but produces quite large MP4 files, whilst Vixy has more options for format conversions. Rachel uses Zamzar.

Most videos can also be downloaded as MP4 files directly from YouTube. One way to do this is to save the following link as a bookmarklet by dragging it to your Links bar (in Firefox, Safari) or right-clicking and adding it to your favorites (in Internet Explorer, Opera):

Then choose the video you want to download and whilst it is playing click on the Get YouTube Video link on your links / favourites bar.

VLC is a great free player for multiple video formats and can be downloaded at