Reaching More

Before locating the requested article this week, I turned to the YouTube video that we were to view entitled, An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube and found myself…intrigued.  I had no idea that YouTube had launched in April of 2005, causing me to not only marvel at how such great advancements can take a while to be discovered, in all of their possibilities, by the ‘outside’, but to also appreciate how it has since developed into what it is.  It can take a while for society to embrace change, and especially a change that can make things so much easier to reach others in a variety of ways.  The self-expressive form that YouTube has become is inspiring and enlightening, to say the least.  This “new form of empowerment” as noted in the video, has created an opportunity to link people together, allowing all people from all across the globe to have the ability to share, trade, and collaborate with one another.  So why is such a tool that can create such empowerment not traditionally used in a classroom setting?  Video can add a new voice, a light, a chance to go back as we move forward.  But then, when is this appropriate?  Could such a capability really be useful in every classroom?

Enter my article for this week entitled, Moving Worked Problems to YouTube, by Warren Christensen.  In this article, Christensen discusses the use of class time, especially that of what is typically deemed inevitable.  Concepts and content is a necessity when helping students to understand a topic, and yet the learning can often be so much more when the concepts are then applied to an activity/discussion.  But for the lack of time, which do you think is typically sacrificed?  Christensen helps us to understand that not only can web-based videos aid us in making the most of our class time, but that it can actually be so much easier than many want to make it out to be.  Technology has become a medium that can not only make our classes that much more, but they can help us to ensure that we are engaging our students to “improve conceptual understanding and their problem-solving abilities.”  (pg. 501)

So perhaps for me, I have been left with the understanding that this is a world that can be useful in its non-constraint.  Video can reach so many, offering the possibility of a new world, and perhaps a new way of life (or at least learning about it:)

To view the article mentioned in this post, click here….

To see an example of teaching through technology, and/or how to use Twitter as an educational tool (a personal interest of mine to further explore), click here….

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About hdjackson

Graduate Student at Virginia Commonwealth University studying the theoretical world of Adult Learning along with its relation to Human Resources Developement. View all posts by hdjackson

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