YouTube is a hugely popular site and is a vast resource for educational content. The site is home to over 10 million videos tagged as educational, many of them submitted by fellow teachers.
Teachers all across the country are finding that video help students engage more deeply with subject matter, and recall the information they’ve learned for a longer time.
YouTube Video Editor is a part of the YouTube suite, a cloud-based video-editing tool to enable people to edit their videos online before uploading them to the video-sharing website. This means students and teachers do not need to have downloaded or insatlled any software in order to be able to edit videos. There is also a library of free audio tracks which have been licensed to use under creative commons. This will make students mindful of copyright law when creating and sharing different media content.
With YouTube Video Editor, you can do the following:
• Merge multiple videos and images you’ve uploaded to create a new video.
• Cut your pieces to customize your video’s duration.
• Add music to your video from a library of approved tracks.
• Customise fragments with tools and special effects.
Once you complete all your video editing, it can be published to YouTube. YouTube offers options to keep videos completely private, semi-private (only those with a link will be able to access the video) or publicly available.
Take a look at the below video to see how to edit your videos using YouTube Video Editor.
Using YouTube Editor in the classroom
- Capture and assess oral reading with an animated backdrop.
- Edit the school play and show it as a movie to the class.
- Make a Public Service Announcement video about a topical subject like bullying or recycling.
- Make thank you videos for classroom volunteers and support staff.
- Use video to show other cultural traditions.
- Have students write and record daily announcement videos.
- Make commercials for after school clubs and activities.
- Host a classroom film festival.
- Make a video of your school trips to share with other students in your school.
- Make a library of videos that teach life skills (like washing your hands, brushing your teeth, etc) and have students share them with younger siblings or younger students.
- Make a mock newscast about current events.
- Have students create “All About Me” videos instead of posters or slideshows.
- Recreate events in history and string them together to create a “History of the World in Five Minutes” or similar type of video.
To find out more, look at the following video tutorial.