I teach first grade so the producing and locating quality video clips to support these lessons is quite the process. Jennifer Hillner from Edutopia writes "teachers all across the country are finding that judiciously chosen videos help students engage more deeply with the subject matter, and recall the information they've learned longer". I turn to YouTube all the time searching for video content. When approached with patience and a critical eye, YouTube can be an amazing resource. Here are some things I keep in mind as I search for content:
Length: I use the advance search feature to filter out videos over 4 minutes long. This is always a starting point for me.
Watch and take notes: I always watch the videos and jot down notes of the video's main points and objectives. If those clearly match what I am looking for, then I move to the next step.
Engaging, not distracting: I want my videos to be engaging and not distracting. Video creators on YouTubes are always searching for the best way to "hook" children. Some of those methods can be a little over the top and sometimes creepy. I tend to stay away from those videos.
What is the source?: I generally only like to take videos from fellow educators or educational institutions. However, if I watch a video and the content is really good and meets my above steps, I will probably still use it.
This year will be quite the journey and I look forward to sharing it with anyone else interested in "flipping out" in first grade.
Here is a link to learn more about Flipped Learning: http://www.flippedlearning.org/Page/1
Hillner, J. (2009). How to Use Online Video in Your Classroom. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/youtube-educational-videos-classroom