Youtube for the Classroom

Technology (especially video) is changing at break-neck speeds that I cannot even keep up with.  I find myself keeping an eye on the app stores for the newest technology that I can use to engage my students.  Teachers are in such a weird place in history where the students know more than the teachers...well, at least in the arena of technology.  My perpetual goal is to not let that happen.  I am always open to anything new, but I'm going, to be honest, it's irresponsible not to be literate in technology and still teach students in the 21st century.  They deserve it. 

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I like making myself as available as possible to my students.  I have always admired how teachers can implement video into their classrooms and make it effectual instead of a time filler.  I've been on two major road trips in the last three years with the focus on stopping in locations that is/was pertinent to my social studies instruction.  How much more interesting and engaging would it be to teach certain geographical features throughout the United States, when the teacher was there!?  I filmed snippets in a way that I could use them in a variety of ways, but also in a way that makes the information relevant.  Teachers travel.  I've learned this on every teacher's first day back to school.  Conversations almost always begin, "Where'd you go this summer?"  I think that every chance you (as the teacher) visit a new place, think about the wonderful opportunities that are provided to simply film a short video about the person, place, or idea that is included there.  

The possibilities are endless!  I always try to remember that to the kids, I AM THE EXPERT.  If I don't know, then they should surely know that I'm going to find out!