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Do Now #66: What Have You Learned from YouTube?

| February 28, 2013 | 64 Comments
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YouTube has plenty of videos of crazy cats and Harlem shakers, but it’s also a great place to learn new skills and information. What specific things have you learned from watching YouTube videos?

Introduction

To those who may not know, YouTube is a video-sharing website on which users can upload, view and share videos. Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, although media corporations including PBS, the BBC, CBS, Hulu, and even KQED offer some of their material via the site, as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can watch videos, while registered users can upload an unlimited number of videos.

The company is based in San Bruno, California, and uses Adobe Flash Video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content. There are movie clips, TV shows, music lessons, make-up application tips, instructions on home repair, and so many more homemade video tutorials on YouTube. Forming a new wave of free educational resources, YouTube even has an education site featuring lectures from professors, educational animations, and more. Sal Khan’s revolutionary Khan Academy was launched on YouTube and became an educational sensation.

Idea Channel is a popular PBS series that is broadcast through YouTube only, and poses questions about cultural phenomenon in the digital age. Idea Channel recently asked, is YouTube making us smarter? What do you think?

Resource

PBS Idea Channel segment Is YouTube Making Us Smarter? – Feb. 13, 2013
Did you know there’s a place where you can learn just about anything you’d like? It’s true! It’s called YOU TUBE!!! Sure, YouTube has hundreds of thousands of hours of deliciously time-wasting content, but it’s a whole lot more than just a black hole of pet videos and FAIL clips. If you know where to go, YouTube has some of the best educational content on the planet! And although watching Kahn Academy all day might be a bit dry, the creativity of YouTube creators has allowed “education” to be transformed in variety of amazing and engaging ways. YouTube probably won’t replace schools anytime soon, but it’s a pretty rad alternative. So time to stop watching cat videos and get your learn on!


To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with@KQEDedspace and end it with #KQEDDoNow

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We encourage students to tweet their personal opinions as well as support their ideas with links to interesting/credible articles online (adding a nice research component) or retweet other people’s ideas that they agree/disagree/find amusing. We also value student-produced media linked to their tweets like memes or more extensive blog posts to represent their ideas. Of course, do as you can…and any contribution is most welcomed.


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Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.
  • caleb cox

    I believe it has the potential to make people smarter however we abuse it and watch silly videos of cats riding turtles, and girls eat there feminine hygiene products instead of watching the important videos that could help us with school subjects and open are minds to new things.

  • caleb cox

    I believe it has the potential to make people smarter however we abuse it and watch silly videos of cats riding turtles, and girls eat there feminine hygiene products instead of watching the important videos that could help us with school subjects and open are minds to new things.

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ Derik Odil

    Well in some ways youtube is making us smarter by showing us how to do stuff we didnt know how to do. But it can also be a big destraction while trying trying to learn and we also abuse this website. It is a very handy website.

    • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/ Matthew Williams

      Thanks for your comment. Can you share if you’ve actually learned something from YouTube?

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ Derik Odil

    Well in some ways youtube is making us smarter by showing us how to do stuff we didnt know how to do. But it can also be a big destraction while trying trying to learn and we also abuse this website. It is a very handy website.

    • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/ Matthew Williams

      Thanks for your comment. Can you share if you’ve actually learned something from YouTube?

  • http://www.qlazzy.com Rajan Chandi

    Youtube is awesome but i agree with one of the commenter here that it provides some distraction while learning something new. Also, it is a little bit harder to find something that we want to learn there.

    That’s why we’ve come up with a lesson library that makes it easy to find and learn new things. Watching a video or reading a book is passive form of learning. So, we’ve been adding active forms of learning.

  • http://www.qlazzy.com Rajan Chandi

    Youtube is awesome but i agree with one of the commenter here that it provides some distraction while learning something new. Also, it is a little bit harder to find something that we want to learn there.

    That’s why we’ve come up with a lesson library that makes it easy to find and learn new things. Watching a video or reading a book is passive form of learning. So, we’ve been adding active forms of learning.

  • Marian Thacher

    I learned how to put up an extension ladder with a partner. My partner and I had been struggling with this task for several years, every time we had to clean the gutters. Then we watched a YouTube video from a fire department on how to put up a heavy ladder easily and safely. Harmony is restored, and injuries prevented!

  • Marian Thacher

    I learned how to put up an extension ladder with a partner. My partner and I had been struggling with this task for several years, every time we had to clean the gutters. Then we watched a YouTube video from a fire department on how to put up a heavy ladder easily and safely. Harmony is restored, and injuries prevented!

  • LG

    Yes, I think it’s a good educational recourse because for visual learners it gives them the option to actually see what’s going on instead of having to rely on auditory learning.

    I’ve learned how to corn row, dread, and fix electronics on YouTube.

  • LG

    Yes, I think it’s a good educational recourse because for visual learners it gives them the option to actually see what’s going on instead of having to rely on auditory learning.

    I’ve learned how to corn row, dread, and fix electronics on YouTube.

  • Gennady hahne

    Yes I think that YouTube is a good educational resource if that person is staying focused and being motivated to learn more. One thing that I have learned from YouTube is how to use khan academy. Khan academy is a great website for me because I am a visual learner. Thanks YouTube and khan academy.

  • Gennady hahne

    Yes I think that YouTube is a good educational resource if that person is staying focused and being motivated to learn more. One thing that I have learned from YouTube is how to use khan academy. Khan academy is a great website for me because I am a visual learner. Thanks YouTube and khan academy.

  • Taylor

    I learned new artist.

  • Taylor

    I learned new artist.

  • Jaden

    Yes YouTube is educational. Nothing really

  • Jaden

    Yes YouTube is educational. Nothing really

  • Stephanie

    YouTube is kind of like a good educational resourse, because it helps students visualize and learn certain topics a lot better than just by learning straight from the textbook. I also learned that it can be useful for certain things like geography, and science. But certain things, like math for example can be learned straight from the textbook, unless you need a tutorial, you can simply just research the video you want, and you can get the information you need in no time.

  • Stephanie

    YouTube is kind of like a good educational resourse, because it helps students visualize and learn certain topics a lot better than just by learning straight from the textbook. I also learned that it can be useful for certain things like geography, and science. But certain things, like math for example can be learned straight from the textbook, unless you need a tutorial, you can simply just research the video you want, and you can get the information you need in no time.

  • Ryan

    I don’t think youtube is a good resource because most kids that go on it, are not going to be disciplined enough to not going watching random videos. I have learned multiple magic tricks, work out tips, new music and video game walk through for those tough levels.

  • Ryan

    I don’t think youtube is a good resource because most kids that go on it, are not going to be disciplined enough to not going watching random videos. I have learned multiple magic tricks, work out tips, new music and video game walk through for those tough levels.

  • Laura

    I think youtube is a good educational resource because for an example you can look up a specific video and it can show you how to do something that you didn’t know before. I learned that youtube is a great site to watch videos if you need help with something.

  • Laura

    I think youtube is a good educational resource because for an example you can look up a specific video and it can show you how to do something that you didn’t know before. I learned that youtube is a great site to watch videos if you need help with something.

  • http://Education.kqed.org Justin Hong

    The things I learned from youtube are what goes on in other countries, what’s popular in movies and music, and help with homework if I don’t understand the assignment. Not only help with homework, but watching the news on what’s going with politics and crisis in other nations.

  • http://Education.kqed.org Justin Hong

    The things I learned from youtube are what goes on in other countries, what’s popular in movies and music, and help with homework if I don’t understand the assignment. Not only help with homework, but watching the news on what’s going with politics and crisis in other nations.

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ grayson brooke webb

    I think that youtube is a great way to learn new things. Whether it be educational or for your entertainment, it can teach you many things. You can learn about what is going on in the world, find something interesting you did not know such as a new movie that you have an interest in. Youtube should not be blocked from schools because it is not only a great source for a project, but a great teaching tool for teachers as well. I approve of youtube.

    • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ Alex Green

      Way to go; good comment, and I agree on the blocking issue.
      Mrs. Miller

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ grayson brooke webb

    I think that youtube is a great way to learn new things. Whether it be educational or for your entertainment, it can teach you many things. You can learn about what is going on in the world, find something interesting you did not know such as a new movie that you have an interest in. Youtube should not be blocked from schools because it is not only a great source for a project, but a great teaching tool for teachers as well. I approve of youtube.

    • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ Alex Green

      Way to go; good comment, and I agree on the blocking issue.
      Mrs. Miller

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ Robert Jones

    i think it is because it teaches u alot of stuff like physic and college classes in a video. i think it is most of the ed of the videos on the Ed Youtube is funny. i learned know how to play through most of my video games.

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ Robert Jones

    i think it is because it teaches u alot of stuff like physic and college classes in a video. i think it is most of the ed of the videos on the Ed Youtube is funny. i learned know how to play through most of my video games.

  • Anthony fretty

    Yes i think that youtube is a very useful thing to use when you do not know how to do something or you want to learn something new to do. On the other hand youtube can have some very stupid videos and it can distract you from when you are trying to learn something.

  • Anthony fretty

    Yes i think that youtube is a very useful thing to use when you do not know how to do something or you want to learn something new to do. On the other hand youtube can have some very stupid videos and it can distract you from when you are trying to learn something.

  • christopher jones

    youtube is very helpful because it teaches you many different thing like how to build things it helps you so much and it is a good teaching thingy and that is all i have to say so stay strong and be awsome

  • christopher jones

    youtube is very helpful because it teaches you many different thing like how to build things it helps you so much and it is a good teaching thingy and that is all i have to say so stay strong and be awsome

  • April-Grace

    I agree with what most people on here are commenting. YouTube offers a great way for everyone have access of another way to learn. Most videos on a topic are easy to find, as you just need to type it into the search bar. Overlooking that it is also a distraction, you can really get to learn something that you want to know.

  • April-Grace

    I agree with what most people on here are commenting. YouTube offers a great way for everyone have access of another way to learn. Most videos on a topic are easy to find, as you just need to type it into the search bar. Overlooking that it is also a distraction, you can really get to learn something that you want to know.

  • Sam Pucci

    YouTube is a fun website to go on, but it can also be informational. If we can focus on informational videos without watching funny ones, it could be useful for learning.

  • Sam Pucci

    YouTube is a fun website to go on, but it can also be informational. If we can focus on informational videos without watching funny ones, it could be useful for learning.

  • Joshua Leal

    I think youtube is a great source to learn new things, like math equations, and science problems. I used khan academy be fore and it helped. But sometimes videos can pop up on the side bar that are erellivant and it can be very distracting. But over all i think youtube is making you smarter.

  • Joshua Leal

    I think youtube is a great source to learn new things, like math equations, and science problems. I used khan academy be fore and it helped. But sometimes videos can pop up on the side bar that are erellivant and it can be very distracting. But over all i think youtube is making you smarter.

  • Matt Earl

    Youtube is a good source of information because you can learn to make things, like technology stuff. You can also get the lyrics and the artists of your favorite songs.

  • Matt Earl

    Youtube is a good source of information because you can learn to make things, like technology stuff. You can also get the lyrics and the artists of your favorite songs.

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ Alex Green

    You can learn from youtube because it is easy to see the mistakes of others. You might be able to learn “Stuff” that you can’t learn in the classroom, like the Smarter Everyday Cat video. We can also find projects that we can emulate that we normally wouldn’t think of. Youtube is also not boring. You don’t have to listen to the same person talk for an hour. The graphics and colors are great.

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/28/do-now-66-what-have-you-learned-from-youtube/ Alex Green

    You can learn from youtube because it is easy to see the mistakes of others. You might be able to learn “Stuff” that you can’t learn in the classroom, like the Smarter Everyday Cat video. We can also find projects that we can emulate that we normally wouldn’t think of. Youtube is also not boring. You don’t have to listen to the same person talk for an hour. The graphics and colors are great.

  • http://MsBisOnline.edublogs.org Ms. Burton

    I am a 40something teacher and not a habitual YouTube user. I drop by every now and then but do not regularly rely on it for anything. I occasionally watch a Ted Talk video on YouTube but I am not a real consumer. YouTube is blocked in my district so I really don’t spend much time perusing.

    My son 20 year old son on the other hand sees YouTube as a great resource. He has learned how to: tie a bow tie, pick up women, gain leverage in a video game, pack a suitcase, fix computer issues and much, much more. Again, he is 20 years old. He realizes that there are many distractors but ultimately he goes to YouTube when he need a ‘how-to’ video.

    I do believe that YouTube allows people to get assistance in solving big and little problems, It also serves as an entertainment source and it is this aspect that many see as the negative influence. I have students who have recorded and posted school fights and other inappropriate things on YouTube.

    Because it is readily accessible it is necessary that we make sure that students/children understand the drawbacks to publishing unflattering work and to be mindful of the value of their time in hopes of curbing some of the video watching and lurking that occurs. YouTube can serve as a learning tool and a time waster and our kids need to be taught this.

  • http://MsBisOnline.edublogs.org Ms. Burton

    I am a 40something teacher and not a habitual YouTube user. I drop by every now and then but do not regularly rely on it for anything. I occasionally watch a Ted Talk video on YouTube but I am not a real consumer. YouTube is blocked in my district so I really don’t spend much time perusing.

    My son 20 year old son on the other hand sees YouTube as a great resource. He has learned how to: tie a bow tie, pick up women, gain leverage in a video game, pack a suitcase, fix computer issues and much, much more. Again, he is 20 years old. He realizes that there are many distractors but ultimately he goes to YouTube when he need a ‘how-to’ video.

    I do believe that YouTube allows people to get assistance in solving big and little problems, It also serves as an entertainment source and it is this aspect that many see as the negative influence. I have students who have recorded and posted school fights and other inappropriate things on YouTube.

    Because it is readily accessible it is necessary that we make sure that students/children understand the drawbacks to publishing unflattering work and to be mindful of the value of their time in hopes of curbing some of the video watching and lurking that occurs. YouTube can serve as a learning tool and a time waster and our kids need to be taught this.

  • Maria

    I think Youtube is an internet site shadowed by drunk guys, and cute cats playing the piano. But I feel likeYoutube can be a place where people can learn new things, not only to watch funny videos.

  • Maria

    I think Youtube is an internet site shadowed by drunk guys, and cute cats playing the piano. But I feel likeYoutube can be a place where people can learn new things, not only to watch funny videos.

  • jennifer k

    I feel that YouTube has the chance to be educational. Just because its educational doesn’t mean math or science, it can be tutorials on how to do stuff.

  • jennifer k

    I feel that YouTube has the chance to be educational. Just because its educational doesn’t mean math or science, it can be tutorials on how to do stuff.

  • pmoney$$

    youtube is a very useful website,teachers can use it to be educational or u can look up a silly video for laughs.you can learn just about anything from youtube,like how to do a trick or how to put something together.some people do take advantage of this website by looking up unuseful things,but it can be useful

  • pmoney$$

    youtube is a very useful website,teachers can use it to be educational or u can look up a silly video for laughs.you can learn just about anything from youtube,like how to do a trick or how to put something together.some people do take advantage of this website by looking up unuseful things,but it can be useful

  • v-daddy

    Youtube is a good and a bad website.I say that because it can teach kids how to do bad things.It is good because it can teach you how to build stuff and even to tie shoes.It is bad at the same time cause it can teach kids how to pick a lock,steel a car and how to a lot of other bad things.It is good if you are looking up good things but if it is bad stay off of it.Other than that it is good.

  • v-daddy

    Youtube is a good and a bad website.I say that because it can teach kids how to do bad things.It is good because it can teach you how to build stuff and even to tie shoes.It is bad at the same time cause it can teach kids how to pick a lock,steel a car and how to a lot of other bad things.It is good if you are looking up good things but if it is bad stay off of it.Other than that it is good.

  • Sheila Bolduc-Simpson

    I have been incorporating YouTube videos in my composition classes for the last three or four years and with the advent of the flipped classroom, I have used YouTube more. My students practice their visual argumentation skills analyzing commercials on YouTube. There are some excellent videos on classical argument strategy and Rogerian strategy I use in my Composition II class. It is great for college teaching because there are no firewalls. Here is a link to an article on the educational benefits of YouTube by Meegan Meehan at http://exm.nr/YQYE6r

  • Sheila Bolduc-Simpson

    I have been incorporating YouTube videos in my composition classes for the last three or four years and with the advent of the flipped classroom, I have used YouTube more. My students practice their visual argumentation skills analyzing commercials on YouTube. There are some excellent videos on classical argument strategy and Rogerian strategy I use in my Composition II class. It is great for college teaching because there are no firewalls. Here is a link to an article on the educational benefits of YouTube by Meegan Meehan at http://exm.nr/YQYE6r

  • Courtney Young

    I usually watch youtube about once every two weeks.I have uaed youtube for how to’s about my computer, food , even nail care!.however I have seen disturbing videos on youtube before.I have alson seen funny videos.I think youtube is helpful and also e ntertaining but people ofterabuse it and put disrespectful videos on there.

  • Courtney Young

    I usually watch youtube about once every two weeks.I have uaed youtube for how to’s about my computer, food , even nail care!.however I have seen disturbing videos on youtube before.I have alson seen funny videos.I think youtube is helpful and also e ntertaining but people ofterabuse it and put disrespectful videos on there.

  • Jose Cisneros

    In my opinion YouTube has taught us to do many things, but also has showed us how stupid people can be. Other than that I think that YouTube overall is a good website.

  • Jose Cisneros

    In my opinion YouTube has taught us to do many things, but also has showed us how stupid people can be. Other than that I think that YouTube overall is a good website.

  • Alex S.

    Youtube is an incredibly diverse media sharing website. Its growing popularity every passing day. With hundreds of videos loaded each day, there is a lot of content. Yes, there is a lot of useless clutter, but if a person can responsibly sift through the rubbish, potential treasures can be discovered. Thousands upon thousands of “how to” video’s demonstrate how to do tons of things ranging from make-up tutorials all the way to how to install a replacement window motor for a 1997 F-150. The possibilities are literally endless. We have all been searching Youtube, then ended up on a totally different subject that we started from. We can learn things we didn’t even want to learn! If we can sift through the junk, there is infinite potential to learn. From hundreds of different view points and perspectives, you can gain information from plenty of sources. You can literally find anything on youtube. The possibilities are endless, especially with the new “tech” age. Everyone has a camera in their pocket, so people can document things from anywhere. There is a new craze of making video’s, particularly “how to” videos. I dare you, look up how to do just about anything on youtube. I guarantee you will find something!

  • Alex S.

    Youtube is an incredibly diverse media sharing website. Its growing popularity every passing day. With hundreds of videos loaded each day, there is a lot of content. Yes, there is a lot of useless clutter, but if a person can responsibly sift through the rubbish, potential treasures can be discovered. Thousands upon thousands of “how to” video’s demonstrate how to do tons of things ranging from make-up tutorials all the way to how to install a replacement window motor for a 1997 F-150. The possibilities are literally endless. We have all been searching Youtube, then ended up on a totally different subject that we started from. We can learn things we didn’t even want to learn! If we can sift through the junk, there is infinite potential to learn. From hundreds of different view points and perspectives, you can gain information from plenty of sources. You can literally find anything on youtube. The possibilities are endless, especially with the new “tech” age. Everyone has a camera in their pocket, so people can document things from anywhere. There is a new craze of making video’s, particularly “how to” videos. I dare you, look up how to do just about anything on youtube. I guarantee you will find something!