YouTube – Why it should be part of EVERY lesson!

Posted by Megan Smith on September 20, 2015 in 1 Planning, 2 Authentic Resources, Technology, Videos

It’s no secret… I love using YouTube videos in class! Many of my past posts talk about this love.  I recently read an article about a teacher who decided it was time to retire because it was getting too hard to compete with technology and social media. My thought was “Don’t retreat, don’t compete – get tech on your side!” 

Now, I don’t show YouTube videos just because they’re fun. I show them because they make my life easier.  Here’s how:

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Whenever I rave about videos I tend to hear the same response…

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So if you don’t have time to find great videos to match your lessons or struggle planning follow up activities… you’re not alone!

This week’s posts are for you! We’re going to show different ideas and ways to follow up a YouTube video using the target language. We’ll also include some of our favorite videos and how we use them strategically to reinforce the daily “can do” objective.

Need some videos/authres to get inspired? Check out our Chispas collection. Just click the topic you are teaching and it will sort out videos and readings that you can use tomorrow!

“YouTube Task” Posts:

#1 Identify Aspects of Culture

#2 Focus on the Facts

#3 Open It Up

#4 Predict the Future

#5 The Search

14 comments for “YouTube – Why it should be part of EVERY lesson!”

  1. Bianca says:

    Wow I am so excited to read these posts, I have been using videos for music for awhile and there is a particular store on TPT The Spanish flavor that I follow – he’s offering ppt. presentations, cloze activities and excellent reinforcement of grammar concepts all for the low price of $2-3 dollars! Like you amazing gals he’s super generous about sharing his wonderful ideas too! .. The quality of your work is unsurpassed so I am really excited to see the next week’s posts thank you!

  2. Elena Boshier says:

    I accomplish so much more whenever I show a YouTube video. My middle school students respond positively and I can get my lesson across so much faster. I have built up a “mini-library” of my favorite ones and embed them into my Promethean flipcharts (no annoying/inappropriate ads!).

    1. Susan O'Connor says:

      Can you give me a quick tutorial on how to embed a video into Promethean? This is the board that I use! Thanks in advance for your time.

  3. Heather says:

    I try to show a video every day – even if it’s only a minute long, it gives the kids a chance to learn from authentic speakers. Sometimes we do bell work from it, sometimes it’s just to be entertained, sometimes it’s to learn about a topic or see vocabulary in use. It can take a while to find things, but it’s very worth the time to do that!

    1. Megan Smith says:

      It IS worth it! Plus, sometimes a minute is perfect! Have any new favorite videos that your kids really liked this year?

      1. Monica Angel says:

        Do you give them an activity to do? or you just play the video? I attempted just trying to listen to known words but only 2-3 kids would listen. How can I make it work?

        1. Megan Smith says:

          absolutely! There are 5 options with links at the bottom of the post. Hope that helps!

          1. Jessica says:

            The “open it up” and “the search” options are missing. When you click on them it takes you to “404 page not found”. Do you have another link that can get us there?
            Thanks!

            1. Kara Parker says:

              Thanks for letting us know!! I fixed those links.

  4. TJ says:

    I love using videos and try to every day. However, the safety mode on all school computers has made it virtually impossible to watch anything, even Disney trailers. It’s shut down many a lesson for me. I’ve tried everything but the district says it’s a congressional mandate…? The only thing I can do is save videos on a flash drive at home which is the opposite of convenient. Anyone else have this problem????

    1. Megan Smith says:

      UGH! That is so frustrating! I had very unreliable internet my first few years teaching so I used Keepvid to download any videos to a flash drive. Then one year I had a really techy student aide and he helped me with that! I just saved the videos to a playlist and he put them on my flash drive for me so I had them ready to go for the next unit.

  5. TJ says:

    That’s a good idea (having your TA do it to help you out). I’ll just have to start saving everything. It just makes me angry that we are told to integrate technology (which I love doing anyway) but then the means to do so are spotty or taken away completely. Teacher problems…

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