Sunday, May 9, 2010

Week 9, Thing #20 YouTube

It's hard not to like YouTube for all the silly, entertaining things you can watch but it's also an incredible time sink. Most of the time it's like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack to find that one great, thought provoking video in the midst of so much amateurish, juvenile video. I guess it's the idea that it is open to all, that it's content is not determined by a corporation's bottom line that makes it such a powerful medium to convey information and viewpoint to the masses.

There are some videos that can be used as appropriate teaching tools in the classroom and the library for our visual learners. The videos don't have to be serious to make learning fun such as the Dewey Decimal Rap. I can see my students soaking in the Dewey Decimal Rap song while picking up some useful information. I think it would be useful to link to some YouTube videos from the library web page for instructional purposes and to get students involved in creating videos about the library.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, getting students involved in creating mini-videos about books, the library, and such would be great fun and provide some high visibility for the library.

    Best wishes.