Showing posts with label Playlists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Playlists. Show all posts

Monday, November 13, 2017

YouTube Playlists: Why You Need Them and How to Make Them

YouTube can be one of our best tools to use in the classroom once we figure out how to harness its power. One of the simplest ways to tap into the power of YouTube is to organize content by placing videos onto playlists. Playlists can contain content that others create as well as videos that you create and upload. Adding videos to playlists saves you time and the stress of having to search for a video minutes before you need it. The video below will show you how to upload your own videos, how to create and add videos to a playlist, and how to share a playlist.

Applications for Education
How many times a day do you have to tell students what they missed when they were gone? One of the things  I did at the end of each day was record a short screencast where I would walk students through what they missed if they were absent and I showed them exactly what they needed to do to get caught up. I would upload those screencasts to YouTube and then add them to the playlist for that particular class. Students knew they could access the link to the playlist from our classroom website so it dramatically cut back on the number of students asking me what we did when they were gone.

I also created playlists for each unit that I taught. If I found a video that I thought might be useful I added it to a generic playlist for the class. Once I previewed the video,  I would either move it to a shorter and more specific playlist so I could find it very quickly when I needed it or I would delete it from the generic list.

This video walks you through the process of uploading a screencast to YouTube, adding it to a playlist, and then sharing that playlist with others.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

12 Lessons on How the Human Body Works

Last winter I started a playlist of TED-Ed video lessons about how the human body works. I started the playlist because I wanted a list that was a bit more refined than what I was finding on the TED-Ed website. The playlist started with five videos and with today's addition of the lesson on carbohydrates it is now up to twelve videos. The complete playlist is embedded below.

If you have wondered how to create a playlist of your own to share with your students, take a look at the tutorial embedded below.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Create and Subscribe to YouTube Playlists

Putting together collections of YouTube videos can be a good way to provide students with review material related to units of study in your classroom. The easiest way to do this is to create YouTube playlists that you then embed into the sidebar of your classroom blog. The video embedded below shows you how to create a YouTube playlist.

To embed a playlist into a blog or website open the Share menu associated with a playlist then copy the embed code provided.

If you are playing a video within a playlist on YouTube you can find the embed code for the playlist below the video that you are currently watching.

My playlist of Practical Ed Tech tips is embedded below.

An additional method for getting students to watch the playlists that you create for them is to ask them to subscribe to your YouTube channel. This option is only available if your students have YouTube accounts of their own.

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