Jul 2nd, 2014 by Cathy Jo Nelson
I very much enjoyed a fellow Google Certified Teacher Tinashe Blanchet’s Exhibit Hall session at the Google Booth during ISTE 2014. Titled “7 Ways Rock Star Teachers Use Youtube!“, it allowed me to walk away rethinking my own use of Youtube. Even from the library, I should step up my presence there, and add more student centered or better, student generated content. She was amazing in her less than 25 minute session. She did not play through all her videos embedded in the Google Pres, but she left me wanting more, so of course my first attempt at processing my ISTE 2014 experience had me revisiting the material from her mini session.
Here is an outline including the videos she shared to emphasize each point. They are definitely worth watching!
- Document Your Work! Use videos to showcase your digital footprint. Create a channel in Youtube and store your resources there. Make video digital portfolio! See hers here:
- Teach – create videos; or better, have students create videos to teach your content. What better way to have students demonstrate a concept than to assign a video project.
- Connect with other educators by searching for educational videos in Youtube. You’ll find some that are really good (though you’ll have to take the time to sift through what’s there.) Not everything will be right for your class due to content or quality. But once you find ones that you know work for you or better, work for your students, add those creators to your PLN and interact with them.
- Engage your students! Letting students create videos to demonstrate a concept can be quite engaging, especially when you free them up to use their own style and creative juices. Notice how the students in this video are accurately using the vocabulary associated with the topic. How can they not develop a better understanding when they use it for making videos like this?
- Set yourself apart! Creating videos allows you as the teacher and your students too be different from everyone else. Students will remember especially how you made them feel, and letting them create in a manner that matches their personality, style, attitude, and more will really speak to them. THis video features Tinasha’s Google Teacher Academy application video.
- Make videos to put in your channel that invovle real life problem solving. Tanisha missed a week of school to attend the Google teacher Academy in London, and so she used details about here trip to engae her studnets while they had a substitute.
- Above all, inspire. Actively recruit other members in your teaching community to be a part of your adventures! Check out the principal, other teachers, and the students as they capture the essence of graphing in a higher level high school math class.
Tanisha closed with this quote from the recently passed Maya Angelou, and it certainly resonates:
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
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