(Last Updated On: July 2, 2017)

The course content highlights YouTube as a source of professional learning through media.  What value do you find in this type of professional learning?  have you found any other places for professional learning with media (video, podcasts, etc.)


  • June 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I am so impressed with how much you can find on YouTube (and other Online media)! About 5 years ago, I created my own flipped classroom for grammar, and there wasn’t too much out there. I actually created my own YouTube Smartboard presentations utilizing my own Smartboard slides and information. It seems like, in this short amount of time, I’d be able to find everything I need Online without specifically creating my own because there’s so much more out there!

    Maybe the most valuable part of this type of professional learning, then, is that there is an abundance of learning experiences out there! In addition to resources I can use in my own classroom, the amount of PD for ME out there is overwhelming! No longer am I limited to what my district provides, what I pay for in a class, or what I read in a book; now there are abundant opportunities that are readily available for me if I’m willing to search them out. Another valuable part of this type of learning is that it can be very personalized and fit into a schedule in a variety of ways. I actually think a district could allow choice in PD and simply give teachers time and choices of Podcasts, Ted Talks, Webinars, etc. that might be available. This would be cost-effective and would meet individual needs.

    Another place I found similar to Khan Academy is Learn Zillion. I think about using these tools to help me out as a teacher, but they can also be used (especially the videos) in my instruction to help my students.

  • June 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I am a very visual learner. I like that there are resources on YouTube that I can watch and learn from. The other thing that I like is that I can do this learning on my time. It also is usually very short, which fits into the time constraints as a mom and teacher. One thing that I haven’t done yet for myself is to subscribe to different channels so that I can get emails when content is updated.

    I have, in the past, used YouTube for my students to learn from. It is also great that I can send the video links to parents so that they can understand what we are doing as well (this is especially true for math concepts). Through the Going Google course that I took in 2015, I have begun to make “playlists” of videos that I use and that has helped me to organize the content that I have found.

  • June 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I took time to explore some more capabilities of You Tube for professional learning. I was unaware of the fact that there was even a You Tube ‘channel’ devoted completely to education. I subscribed to a few channels so I could see how notifications work for these channels work. I regularly use videos on You Tube to teach the students, but I don’t regularly use them for my own professional development. This is something that I need to take advantage of as the possibilities are endless! I learn well through presentations and videos so this would be helpful to me as a learner.

  • June 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    There is so much information available to teachers! I have seen Ted Talks during professional development but have never taken the time to watch them or seek them out myself. Sometimes one will pop up on my facebook feed and I will watch it if it catches my interest. I feel that all of these various resources are valuable to teachers. There were a few videos that caught my eye as I was going through your examples that I will go back and watch. I definitely subscribed to those channels. I am thankful for this class as the time is set aside to explore all of these different avenues of learning for educators. I am also thankful that all of these ideas are available to us at the touch of our fingertips instead of housing so many books for resources like we used to do. The visuals are great.

  • July 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    You Tube is an amazing resource for any topic you ever wanted to know about! I have used it for many DIY projects around the house as well as How To videos for students. As a Special Education Teacher, I like the fact that my students could replay the video as many times as they needed to to understand the information being presented. The student’s of today are very visual and respond more to information given in this way, so You Tube is a very valuable tool ! I would like to explore more topics that are of interest for me both personally and professionally.

  • July 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Students And adult learners do love to watch videos as a means for learning and while youtube has been overlooked or has gotten a bad wrap, there truly is a wealth of information there to be seen. Just like text, it is important to check for understanding and comprehension of video learning. Some students may get very distracted in YouTube and get lost in the links that are on the side of the screen. Use some of the tools that help remove the clutter and make learning easier for students.

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