I Never Thought I’d Have My Own YouTube Channel!
Type of technology: YouTube
SAMR Model Rating: Redefinition
Grade level: All
Subject area: All
I always thought YouTube channels were for people who entertain. My little cousin has one, and she is adorable. She shows people what’s in her purse, how to apply makeup, and let’s them see her spring wardrobe. She has thousands of fowlers, and somehow this is her job.
I on the other hand, I am a 35 year old first grade teacher who uses videos on YouTube (videos that other people make) to enhance my lessons now and then. What could I possibly need my own YouTube channel for?
Well, as it turns out, having my own channel is extremely helpful when it comes to storing and organizing the videos I like to use, collaborating with other teachers, sharing videos, and planning lessons. It also saves me time, something every teacher always needs more of.
Before this year, I would usually just search for the videos I liked every time I wanted to show them. I could usually find what I was looking for in 5-20 minutes, but if I needed to find something new then it would take a bit longer. I was pretty happy with this process…because I didn’t know any better.
This year I started my own channel, and I am very happy I did. Now, I can save all of my favorite videos in folders so I can access them easily when I need them. I can also share videos and folders with other teachers, and browse their folders to see the videos they use. Our district also has a folder for ALL of the first grade teachers to share videos with each other.
My channel is new, and I am just starting to explore all of the options YouTube has for working professionals, but it is already making my job easier and helping my students learn and be more engaged in class. I strongly recommend every teacher start their own YouTube channel, even if the only people who know about it at first are your grade level colleagues. There are so many wonderful resources on YouTube, and having your own channel helps you organize and use these resources in a fun and manageable way.
I know I will never gain fame as a “YouTuber,” and it will never become my job, but it sure is helping me do my job better. I am excited about what my channel will look like in a couple of years, and how having my own channel for teaching will help me better implement the great resources available for teachers on YouTube.