Sunday, January 15, 2012

Youtube as an educational resource

Youtube is blocked in my district. That means I can't show Youtube videos on my Smartboard. This has been a source of frustration for me for years. Over vacation I was determined to find a way to download Youtube videos so that I could bring them to school on my zip drive. I figured it and I've been downloading like crazy.
America The Story of Us is a great documentary from the History Channel. It is possible to download short clips from the documentary from Youtube. The one above is about the battle of Lexington and Concord. In Science we are building ladybug laboratories to study the behavior of ladybugs. To build background knowledge I will show my fifth graders this short clip about ladybugs:

The fourth graders are writing personal narratives about a great day at an amusement park. The small moment we have worked on together is a ride on a roller coaster. I showed this short clip during writing class to inspire them:
Who would of thought Youtube was so educational? Christine


  1. I work at a small Charter school so we don't have youtube blocked! I use YouTube for educational purposes ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!
    How did you download them though?

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  2. I used Ilivid but I wouldn't recommend it. Can you let me know what Youtube videos you like? Christine

  3. How did you download the Youtube videos?

  4. I downloaded a program called Ilivid. I could then hit share on the Youtube video. It would download the video for me. I then saved it on my computer and then put it on my flashdrive to bring to school. I did have some problems with Ilivid. It contains malware. It also crashed several times. I wouldn't recommend it. I would look for another program. Christine

  5. I love using YouTube! You can also upload videos from YouTube onto presentation platforms like Prezi which is wonderful for Social Studies lessons.

  6. Thanks so much! I use a program called dvdvideosoft, I haven't had any problems with it so far!

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  8. WOW! I am so happy that I found your blog. Youtube is blocked at my school too and there are several science videos that I would love to show my 5th graders. Will you share your knowledge of downloading youtube videos?!

  9. This is so cool..thanks so much for the info. Love it!