by Pen Lister, on Oct 16, 2013

YouTube Resources

Snapshot: YouTube is an incredibly useful resource for all kinds of tutorials, documentaries and media showreels. If you're not using it, you should be

Nasa on YouTube
Nasa on YouTube | Credit: Nasa YouTube
Nasa on YouTube
Nasa on YouTube | Credit: Nasa YouTube

YouTube is incredible

Students always tell us how useful they find YouTube. While some of the videos are rough and ready, poor quality and not to be relied upon as factual, others are the exact opposite. What you might not know is that while many of the videos are made by ordinary people like you and me, some of the videos are made by high level professionals in their fields.

The content range is truly awesome, with everything from NASA broadcasts, Higgs Boson and the God Particle to how to grow herbs or videos on historic events down the ages. There are also many 'channels' of videos, as well as a huge number of 'one-offs' to choose from, and you can subscribe to channels in order to keep up to date on specific new content. This is fantastically useful for students in some areas of their learning.

Every subject area will have extensive choices and favourites, so here are a few recommendations and examples to show just how incredible this resource is for your classes. 

Digital Media
Science
Art 
Social Science

To find out more, search in YouTube itself, browse channels or look for specific authors or institutions. In the panels below you can view some of the above videos without leaving this page. Best of all, YouTube is easily embedded and shared into any learning management system, social network or web page. 

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The Big History Project

"The Modern Revolution" from the Big History Project, a history channel with multiple videos. These videos are fascinating, and very well researched. Asking learners to go through a video like this and comment on the narrative and information will encourage real critical reflection. 

Web Design

How to create themes in Wordpress is one of the most popular things I ever get asked about web design. Treehouse offer great tutorials on all things web dev and web design, and this one covers theming in Wordpress. We love Treehouse ;)

NASA

The Curiosity Rover report from September 2013. An idea for how to use these Nasa reports might be to ask students to compile a timeline of Curiosity activity using several of the videos, noting what it discovered, where it went, and when all these events happened. 

After Effects

A great little example of After Effects tutorials for easy to achieve results. This one shows how to make a visual audio spectrum, and others on the page allow the learner to discover other tricks really quickly. 

Creative Thinking

Tim Brown (CEO of Ideo) giving a TED talk on creativity and play. Why not get your students to discover TED creative talks by asking them to critique one or two videos of their choosing? That way, they get to familiarise themselves with TED, a great learning resource all by itself.

The Big History Project
Web Design
NASA
After Effects
Creative Thinking