I play a lot of YouTube videos in my class. Luckily, for me I teach film and not math. It is not hard to relate the videos I am playing back to the curriculum. Still I don’t want people to get the wrong impression. It was this concern that brought me to create YouTube playlists. A few years ago, I found myself always searching for the correct video to show my class. I try not to play videos I haven’t previewed before. Sometimes it would take a second or two to find the right video. During this time, my students would ask to watch other videos they saw on the screen. I hated not showing them the videos, that would have probably worked. When searching for behind the scenes examples to show my class, the results would show videos from newer more popular films. Although, I would like to show them the newer examples it was in my best interest not to show them a video that may or may not illustrate the concept I was trying to teach them. This searching took time away from class.
When students are absent they are supposed to check Google Classroom for the daily agenda to see what was covered that day. Sometimes they are sick, other times they are on a field trip, or out due to testing. Creating a playlist of videos related to the subject we covered helps the student to catch up. They may not need to watch everything the class watched to get the concept or they may need watch more because I may have pointed out things to look for in a particular video
I discovered that I can create a playlists in YouTube and save them for future use. I start by finding the videos that are most important. I put the most important videos first in the playlist. I play these first. If the students understand, you can move to the next topic. If not the class can watch more. This gives me the opportunity to include more videos then are needed. If class is running a little short I have extra material to fill the time.
I save time, by only showing parts of the videos. One of my favorite video series to use includes an opening and commercials at the end. I just show the students the core of the video. If you have seen the video before it is easy to find these sections.
I try to keep updating my playlists. I am always finding new videos to use. You can do this by looking at the suggested videos on the side of the screen. There are always new videos to find and discover.
In the description, I include which standards that are being addressed. I watch the videos carefully for everything. I made the mistake of not realizing how boring a tutorial was once. It made perfect sense to me, but it made the students tune out. Now I show this video in small parts. There are some places where you might want to pause the video to explain something or call attention to some details.
For teachers, who are interested in flipping the classroom. You can record videos to put into a playlist. You can copy existing playlists and modify then to fit your classroom. Here is some of the playlists I have created.
Georgia Film Careers Playlist