YouTube & Screencasting



YouTube is an online video service with thousands of educational videos, teacher-created content, and videos produced by students.  Due to its sheer volume and global audience YouTube is quickly becoming the digital media commons of the world.  Not sure about that?  Check out this video.

Classroom Use
  • Find free educational content from prominent studios, such as PBS and Smithsonian, or created by teachers like you.
  • Generate your own content.
  • Leave video lesson plans
  • Publish student work
  • Curate playlists
  • Archive work
Resources to Get You Started

Finding Great Videos on YouTube
YouTube videos that have been curated according to national standards by classroom teachers.  Currently, a group of California teachers are curating new lists and updating the ones that exist.
  • YouTube EDU Channel Listings
YouTube has over 1,000 educational channels.  Use these listings to find great content - Primary & SecondaryHigher Education, and Lifelong Learning (Hint: Some of the best are in Lifelong Learning).
A new project created by TED specially focused on K-12 education.  TED Ed actually contains a structure where teachers can take a video and turn it into a lesson "flip."  However, all of the videos are hosted on YouTube, so TED Ed is a nice place just to find videos as well.
  • Tailor Your Search Using Keywords and Commas
Let's say you want new, high-definition science videos from partner organizations.  You can easily find those by adding commas. ex: science, partner, new, HD

Additional YouTube Resources
Lessons, videos, and additional materials for using YouTube in the Classroom. Fantastic resource for anyone teaching film, media, or digital writing.

YouTube Tutorials
Cool Channels & Videos to Check Out



Screencasting is the process of creating a video recording of something that is happening on your computer screen.  This process can be quite handy for showing your students how to use an online tool or software application.  If your document camera connects through your computer you can also use screencasts to record the image from your document camera.  Some screencasting tools are focused on recording whiteboarding (think Khan Academy).

Classroom Use
  • Create videos showing students how to access your website or us an online tool, such as Google Docs.
  • Create videos of processes students need to see and review multiple times, such as mathematical solutions or balancing chemical equations.
  • Have your students create videos to demonstrate their understanding of a concept.
Resources to Get You Started

Screencasting Options
Screencasting Resources