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Only Closed-Minded Schools Block YouTube

I have been on the record before in stating that I believe YouTube is one of the most valuable teaching and learning tools of the modern age. I have turned to YouTube to solve many a problem; such as learning new tie knots, working out which phone represents best value for money and to assist me in developing some of the features in this blog.

YouTube is brilliant for research, following procedures, guiding students and developing problem solving skills. Yet, because some of the content is unsuitable for kids, many schools choose to block YouTube. I think this is a gross overreaction. Whilst schools have the responsibility to supervise the online activity of its students, they would be best advised to allow access to YouTube with a teacher present.

Added to the benefits I have already touched on, YouTube has become a major source of where people get their news:

A new study has found that YouTube has become a major platform for news, one where viewers are turning for eyewitness videos in times of major events and natural disasters.

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism on Monday released their examination of 15 months of the most popular news videos on the Google Inc.-owned site. It found that while viewership for TV news still easily outpaces those consuming news on YouTube, the video-sharing site is a growing digital environment where professional journalism mingles with citizen content.

“There’s a new form of video journalism on this platform,” said Amy Mitchell, deputy director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. “It’s a form in which the relationship between news organizations and citizens is more dynamic and more multiverse than we’ve seen in most other platforms before.”

More than a third of the most-watched videos came from citizens. Than more half came from news organizations, but footage in those videos sometimes incorporated footage shot by YouTube users.

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3 Responses to “Only Closed-Minded Schools Block YouTube”

  1. Mike Feurstein Says:

    Schools often dole out blanket restrictions without much thought. Off the topic of YouTube, I can recall when a school I taught at wanted to ban Yu-Gi-Oh cards because of some minor arguments it caused. I championed against that because Yu-Gi-Oh, to me, was a valuable teaching tool. “WHAT?” says the administrators.

    Sure: it teaches math (kids have to remember their own ATK points and the ATK of their opponents, plus factor the amount of damage to their EXP or life points–I forget the terms now–as well as manage multiple sets of numbers in their hands and on the table, for both themselves and their opponents, and in four dimensions: what’s been used, what’s in play, what’s in my hand, what’s still in my deck?

    It teaches sportsmanship, competitiveness, strategy, memorization, literacy (some of the cards have quite heady instructions) and above all it makes it fun and relatable for the kids.

    The administration listened and allowed me to host a before-school card club to foster these things. But it took me, it took someone willing to point out the fallacy in outright banning things that on the surface seem inconsequential and minor. Banning YouTube would be another big mistake. Now YuGiOhTube is another story…

  2. Dallas Eggers Says:

    There are ways to deliver directed, specific Youtube content to students that lets teachers to “allow” Youtube videos into schools. This process is easy and included in some productivity packages. Ignoring the dark side of Youtube could be asking for major trouble for any school or district. Check out Gaggletube in the Gagglenet suite.

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