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The School of Lifelong Learning

  1. Integrating YouTube into the Classroom
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    • What is FurtherEd?
      1. One of the leading providers of online continuing education. Used to be called Lawline.com, and has been around for 10 years; provides continuing legal education to attorneys all across the country
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    • Google 20%
      1. Google employees can spend 20% of their time working on something that isn't part of their day-to-day work. Resulted in YouTube EDU
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    • What is YouTube EDU?
      1. Started as a content platform and has been growing quickly
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    • Content comes from sites like Khan Academy, and universities like MIT (and everything in between)
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    • How do you find what you need on YouTube?
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    • Challenging to sit down and watch the video
      1. Engaging video? Student distracted?
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    • How do you get the student to retain the information?
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    • How do you get the student to share the knowledge gained from the video and collaborate with others?
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    • Solution: Build layers on top of YouTube through its API
      1. Take the features of YouTube such as searching, creating playlists, etc, and use it in development of another site
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    • The Ultimate Goal: Turn YouTube into an effective education platform; make video an effective education tool
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    • What is teachem?
      1. Free platform created under the same premise as YouTube EDU - teachers can manipulate YouTube videos, students can take notes, share, and collaborate; enhances videos for learning purposes
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    • There's so much information and so many sites out there, that things can get overwhelming. teachem was created to simplify everything and help organize your videos
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    • Privacy is an issue with YouTube, so teachem has the ability to create a private school
      1. Private link or password protected
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    • Categorization - you can't really customize YouTube to the categories that you need
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    • Teachers can create flashcards with answers on the back
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    • Students can take notes and also create flashcards
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    • Retention of information happens because students can answer questions, take notes, and share with others
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    • With teachem, sharing a video goes beyond sharing just the link to that video; now you can also share what you got out of the video
      1. You can share your flashcards and notes
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    • Questions
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    • The difference between teachem and YouTube playlists
      1. YouTube playlists just play the videos in a set order; teachem allows you to splice together parts of multiple videos, add flashcards and notes, etc
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    • Yes, it's free!
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    • You can put multiple videos into a course
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    • Any class can be private, either by invite-only, password protected, or unlisted (need to have a link)
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    • Create student-driven learning activities. Students have to go in and create something original to help themselves learn
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    • You can take one video that you taught in class and have the entire class create their own "flipped classroom" of it - have the students create their own flashcards as an assignment, create the questions and answers
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    • Predictions for the future
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    • 72 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute
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    • Content is easy to get, the platform for using the content is what's going to be the game-changer
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    • When you get a large group of people working together, you can accomplish a lot
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    • What if a school bans YouTube? Can teachers use teachem still?
      1. We will eventually have non-YouTube content on teachem. There also needs to be a shift in schools and administrators where schools can have access at least to just YouTube EDU, which would subsequently allow teachers to use teachem at school
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    • Are there plans for a mobile app?
      1. Not right now. We want to build something simple and easy to use and progressively improve the site, and go from there
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    • What if a YouTube video is selected for a course and then the video is removed from YouTube?
      1. All of the information attached to it still exists (flashcards and notes) but the video would not be there anymore; the course itself does not disappear
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