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  1. YouTube in the Classroom: Bringing Old Subjects to New Life Kristine Larsen Physics-Earth Sciences CCSU

  2. Users of online communities: 2006 Persons of the Year

  3. Net Geners learn differently • Traditional lectures bore them • They prefer video, audio, and interactive media to reading • They don’t want to learn material they deem irrelevant to their personal life/interests/major/career goals

  4. Benefits of using YouTube videos in the classroom • They’re short • They’re free • They’re interesting • They’re current and reflect current events • Many are eyewitness videos of important and/or catastrophic events

  5. They make the foreign relevant and personal

  6. Warning! YouTube should not be an electronic babysitter or time-filler (remember filmstrips?)

  7. “Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom. Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone” – Lev Grossman, Time

  8. How can we integrate YouTube into the curriculum? • As part of a lecture to illustrate a concept • As a prompt for discussion or inclass writing • Ancillary material linked on a course website • Homework where students find a YouTube video and write an analysis of the content • Creative capstone – students make their own videos

  9. Now, the entertainment portion of this morning’s presentation Mt St Helens Tornado Plate tectonics Hurricane Katrina LHC Rap