Become a Master in Education: Start Your Own YouTube Channel

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Many teachers are aware of the merits of YouTube when it comes to supplementing lessons, as it hosts thousands of videos on any subject imaginable, from algebraic formulas to quantum physics. Since the launch of YouTube EDU, a site created specifically for educational purposes, YouTube has become even more valuable in creating multimedia lesson plans that appeal to different kinds of learners.

You do not have to be a technological wizard to set up your own YouTube channel, which will greatly enhance the educational experience for both you and your students. Here is some information on how to start your own channel, integrate preexisting videos into your instruction, and create and share educational videos with teachers and students across the globe.

Getting Started

Before creating a channel, you need to sign up for a YouTube account, which is free and simple to establish. This requires only an email address and password. Once you have created an account, sign in and set up your channel. YouTube will lead you, step-by-step, in customizing your information. Once you have an account, you can browse throughYouTube’s video collection, searching by category or specific keywords (e.g. “dangling modifiers”). If you find a video that you want to save, just click “Add To” your favorites or playlist. You can also subscribe to your favorite channels.

Additionally, you can upload your own videos from your computer. Go to “My Channel,” click on “Video Manager” and upload your video. YouTube even offers a number of programs that you can edit and customize your videos with.

Integrating Videos into Lessons

Videos can enhance every content area at every level. Students enjoy engaging in media, and it assists them in understanding more difficult concepts. Appeal to your visual learners by allowing them to see how something works. YouTube EDU allows you to search for videos, which are categorized by grade level and subject area. If you are teaching Earth science, show your students weather in action, like tornadoes and hurricanes, rather than just lecturing or reading about the subject matter. Education Week also points out that you can use examples that are culturally relevant.

Creating and Sharing Videos

This is your opportunity to make your class go global. Since you are an expert in your content area, record concepts that you can teach well, including slideshows, tutorials and classroom projects. Upload your videos to your YouTube channel where you can customize who can view it, whether it is everyone or a select group of people. You can even nominate that your channel or specific videos are added to YouTube EDU.

Examples

Great educational videos for your classes are just a few clicks away. YouTube helps educators to “spend more time teaching, less time searching.” The Smithsonian offers lectures, podcasts and videos on a wide range of education topics, including history and design. TED Talks allow your students to hear from some of the most brilliant people in the world, including some kids. For math classes, educator Brad Robb created a large collection of tutorials, originally designed for his own students to help them remember concepts.

Finally, in addition to using technology to enhance your instruction, you can further become a master educator by earning a graduate degree. Certification Map can help you get started on your Master of Education degree.