I’ve been teaching subject-verb agreement, nouns and possessives, expanded notation and place values. Had you asked me last year if I thought I’d be doing this my answer would have been NO. Except here I am now and I’m learning day-by-day how to best teach my 3rd graders online. I’m researching new tools, videos, songs and methods. I’m learning how they best learn online and how I can best access them, learn about them and interact to build a classroom community. It’s interesting because my education did not include classroom teaching techniques for online teaching or how to manage a classroom online or what tools to use or methods. I know how to teach but I’m also teaching myself how to be the best teacher I can online. It has been an adventure but I taught myself how to be a blogger and a social media consultant so I’m confident I can do this too. I’ve got this. (That is my pep talk to myself!!)
YouTube is interestingly been a great tool for me to utilize but there are some pitfalls when it comes to utilizing YouTube. For example, the ads can be inappropriate depending on the keywords that the user has used to describe the videos. In addition, the suggest videos can be inappropriate and if you choose to share a video that’s a rap about verbs other not so nice rap songs can be suggested…not something you want a 3rd grader to be seeing. To help me still share YouTube content that can to enhance a lesson, teach something in a new way or give my students examples I’m utilizing a few tools to make YouTube content safe for me the teacher and my students.
Safe Share: This site allows you to put the YouTube video link into their site and they take you to a safe view page to view just the video itself with no suggested videos or advertisements. A great example is a recent video on commas I saw and added to Safe Share, view it for yourself. You can also add some customization to change the theme of your viewing page and to disable or enable sharing of the video/page.
If you’re an educator or a parent that notices that teachers are sharing video content these are great resources to suggest or to begin using. Another great resource that breaks down tips for using YouTube for teaching is Edutopia.
As a vlogger myself (I haven’t had much time to vlog but I hope to soon!) I’d hate to not utilize online resources but the key is to do it safely and protect the student!