But can YouTube be educational? The answer, unequivocally, is yes. Yes, YouTube can be 100% educational. Mixed in with the funny cat videos and baby's doing cute things are videos about how to set up your new digital camera, demonstrating skills and hobbies, and explaining complex academic topics. But how do you sort through the random, time-wasters with the real educational content? Well, there are a few ways you can do that.
- Check out YouTube's Education portal. From here you can drill down into different topics such as science, math, and history. You can also go into specific age ranges (primary & secondary, university, and lifelong learning). This is a great place to start finding content.
- Do a web search for "great educational youtube channels". You'll get hundreds of people that have done the work for you and found a list of great channels to start you off with.
- Look at who some of your favorite educational channels are subscribed to or who they like. Below you can see what channels the SCC channel likes. (SCC currently doesn't have any subscriptions to other channels.)
No matter where or how you access YouTube, there are many educational videos that you can access. Having critical thinking skills is imperative when you are doing any kind of internet browsing though, so you are able to discern what is worthwhile and what is a waste of time. Read the title and summary of a video before you click. Figure out how is the posting channel and look at the video thumbnail. If all those things look good, then try the video out. Don't just jump in and click on the first video for your search (Hint: most of the time it is an ad.)
So after all that, the answer to the question is yes, YouTube can be educational.
Have a wonderful day and DFTBA!
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