In the past few years there has been a huge increase in the number of free science videos posted on YouTube and other sites. Although we had normally just reviewed videos that were being sold commercially, it occurs to me that many teachers may be using the free videos and perhaps we shoudl review some of them as well or at least compile a list of recommended ones. I think it's important to at least try to tackle this because as with some of the book sites, like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, the YouTube ratings system is not really useful and is more of a popularity test than an indicator of quality.
Our tiny staff doesn't really have the time to seek out YouTube videos for review so we thought perhaps that we could ask reviewers to make recommendations of videos that they think are good or useful. What do you think of this idea? Any suggestions for how we might want to set this up?
I guess the simplest approach is as you said; allow SB&F reviewers to submit reviews of videos online that they have seen. It would be a start, but how many reviewers would do this without being prompted to do so? And somtimes videos are on YouTube that have copyright issues. How do you deal with that? I think it could be worthwhile for educators to see professional type reviews, especially of the science in the videos. I have seen first hand, K-12 teachers use online videos with some pretty bad science. Just today at a presentation made by 5th/6th graders, someone made the statement that there is no gravity in space, and they got that from an online video. Argh!
I am an engineering geologist who has retired from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs after 38 years being a faculty member. I am still teaching 4th through 8th grade Gifted and Talented students for our local school districts. I have been helping our local teachers to understand the complexities of the Earth and the many environments that compose our wonderful planet. I have used various You Tube and online streamed videos to help them see what I was trying to explain to them. When doing geology the field is the best teaching platform, but videos that show up on the Internet can help when the teacher cannot go to a needed site. We could keep record of the best videos with reviews and have them become part of an AAAS publication.
I think that's a great idea. I've also been having some discussions with the Project 2061 folks because they are starting to collect YouTube videos that can be used to teach concepts aligned to their strand maps. One idea is to start a separate blog on SB&F for YouTube reviews. If we did that, I would be looking for volunteers to find and post reviews in the blog. The search engine for the current SB&F site isn't very good, to be honest. But if we put the blog on Word Press it would be much easier to tag and categorize the reviews.
I started a YouTube channel for SB&F a while ago. I haven't done anything with it other than find some interesting videos and upload some videos I took at our last AAAS annual meeting. Do you think it might be possible to use this somehow as a vehicle for recommending videos?
The problem is that if other people have uploaded the videos I can't control the comments. However, it may be possible that I could get permission from the video's producers to upload them on SB&F, but I'm pretty sure they would prefer to get the traffic on their own channels.
I could try to get our tech people to add a page to SB&F that includes a video viewer but SB&F is not a high priority with them so I am always looking for solutions that I can implement myself.