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Using YouTube in the Homeschool

Modern technology has brought unprecedented opportunity for teaching students. According to Internet World Stats, as of June 30, 2010 there were almost 2 billion internet users (anyone currently in capacity to use the internet) worldwide. A 2003 report by the National Center for Education Statistics details that 19.4% of homeschoolers engaged in distance learning through the Internet, email, or other use of the web. This figure, which almost certainly has grown in the past 7 years since the report, does not include the multitude of homeschoolers who supplement at-home learning with the use of the Internet. From instantaneous definitions for vocabulary words to full lesson plans for any grade, without a doubt, the World Wide Web has changed the way the world does education.

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Although the internet brings with it a host of challenges for parents, especially around control of harmful images and information, it also offers resources like no other generation has been able to experience. Homeschoolers, who often must educate on a tight budget, will benefit from learning how to capitalize on the wealth of information at their fingertips within cyberspace. And believe it or not, one excellent Internet medium for home education is Youtube.

Youtube.com, a site where people can upload personal videos, has educational information on just about any possible topic. Although parents must use discretion and preview all videos before allowing children to view them (because there is certainly objectionable material on this site), with a little advance preparation, Youtube can become an incredibly valuable (and interesting) part of the homeschool curriculum. Simply put a subject into the search engine at the top of the Youtube page, and begin investigating all of the options! Not only is Youtube an incredible source of information for homeschoolers, but the videos are free, easily accessible to anyone with an internet connection, and they don’t require leaving the home to view! The following are some examples of videos that could be used to supplement learning in different subjects:

Math

Fast Math Trick – Learn a quick way to find the square of numbers in this short video.

Astronomy

Planet Sizes Comparison HD – This high definition video shows the relative sizes of each planet to each other and to many known stars. Informative and awe-inspiring!

Biology

Journey Inside the Cell – Go inside the structure of a cell with this video, which animates the parts and functions of RNA, DNA, and other elements of the cell.

World History

Feudalism in Europe – Learn about the system of feudalism from this video.

American History

Events Leading to the Revolutionary War – This video gives a succinct and interesting synopsis, with accompanying video clips and maps, of the events which led to the War for Independence.

English

Grammar Rock Nouns – For elementary students, this fun School House Rock video helps students understand nouns.

Reading

Phonics song – This song goes through each letter and sound of the alphabet for children learning to read. Accompanied with moving graphics to keep kids’ attention.

Spanish

Spanish Lesson : Basic Conversation (Part 1) – Learn basic greetings, introductory Spanish phrases, and some basics of Spanish pronunciation and grammar in this video. The first in a series of videos by the same teacher.

Rebecca Capuano

Rebecca Capuano is the stay-at-home mom of three children (one of whom is in heaven) who also makes attempts at being a homeschooler, writer, photographer, scrapbooker, and truth-seeker. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University, and has worked in a variety of capacities (including group homes, day treatment centers, and public schools) with at-risk children and staff, including developing a therapeutic and educational day treatment center for delinquent youth in Wilmington, North Carolina. She currently resides in Virginia, and has written on a variety of topics for both Examiner.com and Home Educators Association of Virginia. Rebecca believes that family is created by God as the most fundamental institution in society, and she is dedicated to helping families nurture their children to become responsible persons of character and integrity. In addition to reading her posts at TheHomeSchoolMom, you can follow her search for truth (and blunders along the way) in family, faith and culture by visiting her blog, seeluminosity.com.

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Comments

  1. This is a great idea that a lot of homeschoolers, including myself, could benefit from. Thanks!

  2. Anna

    Thanks!!!

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