Dem Bones

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In keeping with the Halloween season and the body/health posts of recent here on Web 2.0 for ESL, the link below is to a nice little video about “Dem Bones,” which identifies and explains the purposes of the bones and joints. The English will be somewhat difficult for beginning ESL students, but see what “body” vocabulary the students do recognize. You can then sing or play the song and have the students point to the bones. Later, they can sing along with you while pointing to the appropriate bones. Enjoy, and happy Halloween!

The 12 Days of Technology-Day 3: YouTube

On the third day of technology, my PLN gave to me…YouTube.

On the first day of Technology, my PLN gave me Twitter.  On the second day of technology, I learned about blogs that teachers around the world were writing to share information.  In these blog articles about new web 2.0 applications came video tutorials explaining clearly and simply how to use these applications.  Let me share with you why what I got on the third day of technology, YouTube, was so special.

So much is there on YouTube.  In the web application tutorials, you have video, oral explanations, written cues, and demonstrations.  You watch the tutorial once for an overview, twice for more details.  Watch, pause, rewind and play it again as many times as necessary until you get the information you need, almost like having a private tutor.  What could be easier?  For the most part, these tutorials are written in simple language by ed tech teachers who know not to use the technical jargon that is so intimidating to most technology newbies.  If there is something you find “technical,” all you have to do is watch the video and study the demonstration.  Watch it again.  Piece of cake!  If you have any questions, get on Twitter and ask your PLN for help.  It’s there to support you as a teacher and your students in their learning.  My ESL students like to have access to these YouTube tutorials when we start to use new technologies so that they can review them on their own.

The students also appreciate having access to many of YouTubes instructional videos explaining grammatical structures such as the ones JenniferESL posts, i.e., Unreal Conditionals. Sometimes I use YouTube’s music videos so they can listen to songs which contain structures we’re studying such as unreal “if” clauses as in, “If I Had a Million Dollars” by Barenaked Ladies, and sometimes I like to play YouTube videos such as this “Sound of Music in Central Station, Antwerp, Belgium,” just to make everyone smile.

One other thing about YouTube is the possibility of finding so many favorite singers, actors, videos, bits of films, even commercials from days gone by simply for my own entertainment.  I can spend (and have spent) the whole night watching video after video and only barely scratching the surface of YouTube’s extensive repertoire.

YouTube can be educational; it can be entertaining.  Use it to learn from others; post  your own production to share your work or that of your students.  Upload a video to your blog, or post only a segment of the video –  Embedding Part of a YouTube Video.

If you’re feeling a little shy about posting to YouTube, or you are concerned about using an application that also contains adult content, maybe TeacherTube would be a little less intimidating or more educationally and age appropriate. On the same hand, if you’re not ready to create your own videos, check to see what academic videos are on both sites that you can use with your students.  Get ideas from those more experienced with video productions to see what you might do with your students.

One more thing…when you find a video online that you want to save for a later date, post it to Vodpod.  As part of the Vodpod account, you are given an icon for your toolbar so that when you find a video you want to keep, all you have to do is click on the icon and indicate if you want to save the video in your Vodpod account or post it directly to your blog. Simple as 1, 2, 3!

Take a look at what’s out there for you on YouTube and TeacherTube.  Spend some time exploring, enjoying, pondering what you and your students might do, and then start creating!  Check out this Google Doc presentation of Ideas to Inspire compiled by Mark Warner of videos on YouTube.  Enjoy!  Get inspired!