Friday, August 14, 2009


YouTube and TeacherTube are phenomenons that continue to engage us online. YouTube and TeacherTube allow you to watch, make, upload, embed or download video/s on the internet. It is a good idea to think of video in two separate ways when using them in a classroom for teaching. Firstly 'technical' aspects of the video and how it is developed and distributed. Secondly 'pedagogical' relates to how you make it available to your students and how you use it. Videos can be used in a variety of ways such as to introduce a topic or explain different points of view. I think the possibilities are endless when it comes to using videos in class and with added music or sound they can be very engaging as long as they are kept short.
According to Kearsley and Shneiderman state that engagement theory for technology based teaching and learning places a great deal of emphasis on providing an authentic setting for learning. For students to be totally immersed and engaged in ICT learning environment they must be able to 'relate' to a real-world, authentic problem based scenario. They also need to, in small teams, 'create' solutions to this problem and then 'donate' the solution back into the real world. Students would be able to work in small groups to design, plan, problem-solve and make a authentic YouTube clip that relates to the unit task.
The following YouTube video could be used in class to teach students about the World Wide Web (www). I believe this video is real and relevant to students learning about technology and ICT's. I showed this video to my own children who are in grade 3, they were blown away about what they learnt. They surf the net on a daily basis, however, had no idea of where the information was coming from. This clip explained everything in plain English. It is a short explanation of what makes the World Wide Web work: browsers, packets, servers and links. I have used the 'keepvid' tool to save it to my computer and believe this should be shown to students from Grade 1 upwards. You may even learn something yourself.
Enjoy :)

Kearsley.G & Shneiderman.B (1998).Engagement Theory:A framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Computer citing 14 August, 2009 from

1 comment:

  1. Hi Melody,
    This is a great clip, it clearly explains how the internet works and it is in simple terms I think it would even be good idea to show students this so they have a better understanding of how it all works.