Record your lecture and let the students watch it at their homes while you prepare to hold discussions in the class next day

Recently, YouTube launched two new channels – Teachers and Education – dedicated to better knowledge resources. Both the releases are aimed to facilitate the teachers a platform to work with educational videos that can be used for teaching in the classroom itself. This can be seen as an innovative idea towards developing a better interactive learning experience. The Teacher channel aids the teachers by recommending different ways to teach in the classroom. It offers suggestions related to teaching a lesson, creating new videos, etc. On the other hand, the Education channel provides a database of many educational videos to choose from. It has different categories such as, Primary & Secondary Education, University, and Lifelong Learning.

Overall, YouTube Teacher channel offers ten different ways for the teachers that can be implied in the classrooms. The channel suggests following practices:

Spark Lively Discussions– It talks about engaging students by showing a video that bears significance with their day-to-day lives, so that it helps them develop a perspective.
Playlists – It talks about creating playlists of relevant videos in a customized order. It gives you the choice over the videos you want to play in the classroom.
Archives – You can save the videos, projects, discussions, etc for future reference to do away with the need to go through the process again for new students. Further, it can also be used by other teachers.
Thorough knowledge – By creating a playlist of videos related to the topic, you can let the students develop the understanding quickly and diversely, without wasting time searching for related resources.
Review – Students who could not grasp the context in the first place can always revise the topic at home. This reduces the need to re-teach the topic.
Test reviews – You can also create quick reviews, summary points, etc., so that students can go through it before the tests.
Work in groups – You can divide the students in groups with different stations and ask them to shuffle stations once they are done with the topic. Meanwhile, you can supervise the whole lot easily.
Quiz – Create quizzes and link them to topics. It would help you to provide a feedback.
Annotations – You can create video guides and educational quests for students for more interactive learning experience.
Video homework – Students can watch your video lectures at home, comprehend the topic and let you fine tune the understanding and problems in the classroom.

The new channels are certainly a great approach by YouTube to make the classroom learning a much better experience. Check out the details and many exemplary videos on the YouTube website. Teachers, are you listening?