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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How YouTube's video hosting and sharing feature can promote learning

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (i.e. online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. The combination of face to face instruction in a physical setting and online learning is called blended learning. In this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will continue our discussion on how  students in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom can use YouTube as a website for video hosting and sharing.

Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has a interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers or Ipads. Given parental and school approval, and the development of specific guidelines, smartphones can be used to enhance instruction as well.

Note: Although YouTube can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development. It is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators. For example, here is a CoP you might want to join. 

Note: YouTube can also be used in a physical and virtual Judaic Studies classroom.

What is YouTube?

Amongst other things YouTube is a video hosting website that enables users to upload and share their videos onto the internet.

Click here to see a previous blog post on how YouTube can be used for web camera recording.

Where is  YouTube  located on the web?

Click on the links below to see how YouTube’s video hosting and sharing feature can promote learning.

      Note: To see YouTube videos that have Jewish themes go to and place the words Judaism, Jewish people, Israel, Jewish holidays, Jewish music or related words in the search window.

      Please be advised to review these YouTube videos before sharing them with your students, their parents or your colleagues on staff. They may not contain information that relates to your learning objectives.

      Click here to locate the search window on YouTube. 

      On the next post we will share a listing of YouTube videos I have uploaded that can be used for Judaic instruction or teacher training.

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