YouTube is like anything else on the Internet; it has lots of good stuff and some stuff you'd rather kids didn't see. Don't be afraid to embrace the educational value of select content on YouTube. Many school districts have blocked sites like YouTube but if you present a convincing argument to your principal or division watch dogs you may get YouTube access released to teachers.

Check out these resources on using YouTube in the classroom.

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers
Chris O'Neal's tutorial on Using YouTube in the Classroom
Dr. Michael Wesch's How to Create a YouTube Mash-up
Brad Moon's post on how his daughter's teacher used YouTube for Reader Response
My classmate, Anne-Marie Holmwood's, blog post on using YouTube with her media and film class

Using YouTube in the English Language Arts curriculum:

View relevant works of others using You Tube; search via tags
Post video responses by students after reading or viewing course material
Post videos to You Tube of students reading/performing their works
Students can post videos of their reflections on materials being studied or created
Creative response
Posting student created short films
Viewing relevant materials posted by other users

Again, the uses you find for YouTube are only limited by your imagination and the imagination of those around you.

Using YouTube in the Visual Arts curriculum:

Have students make a video response to viewed art works; post to You Tube
Create a video and post on You Tube
Have students create and post video mash-ups
Have students create a video montage of their work as a final project; post to You Tube

Some Mash-ups from YouTube:

Pokerface Mash-up by Halfmasthat
Mother of All Funk by Kutiman
Thru you by Kutiman
Hey We Will Rock You Ya by VillexHermannixValo
David After Dentist Remix by Tobuscus

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