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Surely every internet user has at least once heard of YouTube and its purpose of communicating information worldwide through video-sharing. Indeed, communication is a basic skill which when mastered it is useful in every aspect of our life: relationships, education, and work. So, why not combine education with YouTube?
This isn’t the classic way of communication such as gestures and body language, verbal and tone of voice. These do affect the way we share ideas, thoughts and information to other people. However, I think that using the technology of today to communicate can facilitate what we want to say and be even more appropriate since we’re living in the 21st century.
The biggest advantage of YouTube is that it is community based so anyone can upload a video online. All you need is a video to upload and a YouTube account (or Gmail account since Gmail and YouTube are connected). Then just follow the instructions given on the website. For example, name of the video, category, a description if you want and tags. As you can see it isn’t really difficult.
Teachers could easily use YouTube to upload how-to videos, or maybe parts of lessons. This would enable the students to re-watch it anytime they want. Even absent students would get the chance to know what was done in the classroom. Another easier way for teachers is to find already made videos which relate to the lessons. These videos can then be served as an introduction or conclusion when introducing a new topic or just as extra help for students to watch later.
As you can see, YouTube can be educational. All you need is to try to think of how you can use it usefully.
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