How to Infuse Google Classroom with the Power of YouTube
Did you know that YouTube works seamlessly with Google Classroom? What a fantastic way to integrate video clips, tutorials, and get students creating!
Let’s dig into some strategies that will help you make the most of Google Classroom and YouTube. I always say YouTube equals learning at your fingertips. It is so easy to add a YouTube video in Google Classroom. It’s a no-brainer! There are so many valuable channels, resources, tips, tricks, lions, and tigers and bears, oh my!
Easily Add YouTube Videos to Google Classroom
Google makes it so easy to add YouTube to your Google Classroom announcements, assignments, discussion questions and more. Look for the YouTube icon near the bottom-left to search for a YouTube video or copy and paste the link.
YouTube Videos in Google Classroom Assignments
This may seem obvious, but YouTube is loaded with learning. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There is a video out there that covers just about any topic you can think of. These make great companions to your lessons. Looking for some great videos? Check out my post: 20 YouTube Channels for Educators.
Here are some tips when using videos in your classroom:
– Keep them under 10 minutes. The longer the video, the harder it is to keep them engaged.
– Watch the video in its entirety! You never know when something inappropriate or off-topic could appear. Ensure every minute fits your purpose.
– Use View Pure to provide a version of the video that is free of comments and distractions.
Use YouTube Videos to Spark Online Discussion
Videos make great inspiration for discussion. A short video can introduce topics of inquiry, research, discovery, or even debate. Try the TEDEd, Curiosity.com, SoulPancake channels, or this curated Make You Think playlist from Lisa Highfill for some interesting discussion topics.
Use YouTube Videos as Writing Prompts
Writing can be a challenge for a lot of learners. Why not use video to spark reactions, creativity, and inspire writing. Edutopia has a fantastic playlist of writing prompts. Wouldn’t it be great to pick 3 or 4 and let them choose their own prompt? Below is creative writing prompt from the amazing John Spencer: You Just Discovered a Magical Movie Theater.
YouTube with Hyperdocs Assignment
Hyperdocs are a great way to package your lessons for Google Classroom Assignments! One of the authors of The Hyperdoc Handbook, Lisa Highfill, has an amazing presentation on combing YouTube with your Hyperdocs lessons. It is embedded below.
YouTube Video Announcements in Google Classroom
Student created announcements make my heart sing, and so many schools are having students record school announcements as videos. Even though your school may deliver these through other channels on campus and/or online. You should make these available in Google Classroom.
Also, consider creating your own short video announcements as a way to connect with the kids. Students love to see the “real,” you! Give them a quick update, summary of the week’s activities, promote a big event, or just share something fun!
Below is a really fun one that I found from Aragon High School.
Add a Playlist to Your About Page
There are so many valuable videos on YouTube that you can curate into playlists for certain topics or units of study. Consider adding your playlist to the About Page as a resource and reference for students throughout that unit.
Want more YouTube Ideas?
Be sure to listen to episode 22 of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast: What’s New with YouTube?
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