YouTube in the Classroom: Practice What You Teach

Jonathan Wylie

youtube: practice what you teach

If there’s one question I get asked a lot from educators, it’s how to download YouTube videos. There are lots of reasons why you might want to do this, but truthfully, there aren’t any good reasons why you should. I realize that this may not be a very popular post with some people, but I feel like it should still be written. In essence it comes down to this. Can you download videos from YouTube? Yes. Should you? No.

Why Would You Want to Download Videos from YouTube?

The number one reason why educators want to download videos from YouTube is an unreliable Internet connection. This may be at school, or at a conference where they are giving a presentation. Either way, they don’t want to stand at the front of the room waiting for a video to buffer. It ruins the flow of a presentation and inevitably leads to…

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Gmail learning

Below are a series of screenshots representing my learning around Gmail. The clips generally originate from the Google training site. It has become much easier to make sense of since I actually started using it (as opposed to just reading about it). I am pleased that it seems to be able to do many of the things my old mail client allowed me to do. It is actually now becoming a more pleasant site to visit.

Key learning points:

  • The tasks lists that can be created here and which automatically sync across to calendars
  • Filters: this is automatically assigning labels to my incoming emails.
  • Offline Gmail – turns out that there is a separate app that you need to use
  • The configure inbox button: awesome and fairly accurate at doing some very generic initial sorting for you
  • Being able to record notes regarding contact communication within that person’s contact details
  • How to use themes.

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