In the article "Ok, Class, It's Time for YouTube" from the Christian Science Monitor, the site even gets a cheer from a marine biology professor. The author writes about how, through the urging of his son, he begins exploring YouTube and discovers that how it can make his classes come alive. His writing reveals his excitement:
I love reading articles about epiphanies like this. If you haven't checked out YouTube for educational purposes, do so as soon as possible. Chances are you'll discover some good material for your classroom.
I began my lecture on the classification of the invertebrates, reciting facts about their anatomy and habits as my students dutifully scribbled away. And then it was showtime. I booted up the laptop and projector, darkened the room, and clicked on YouTube.
The effect was magical. The blue ocean ebbed and flowed before us as myriad sea creatures swam, crawled, and flew about. I stood alongside the screen, narrating the action, occasionally pausing a video clip to point out this or that detail that illuminated my students' notes. From sponges to mollusks to starfish and their kin, we covered all the phyla of invertebrates.
The "wows" and "whoas" from the class confirmed for me that I had struck gold. When the lights came back on one of my students gushed, "That was a real trip."
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