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Rob Weir: YouTube to the Rescue | Inside Higher Ed

In Strategy, Teaching on 03/22/2012 at 9:16 am

YouTube can work wonders in a classroom
Rob Weir, at Inside Higher Ed’s Instant Mentor Blog:

Professors are in the decoding business; we teach students textual analysis, the application of theorem and theories, how to evaluate ideas, how to synthesize, etc. To this list add visual literacy. It’s too often a buzz phrase in education, but it doesn’t change the fact that professors are uniquely positioned to show students how to think about images, production values, and message manipulation in sophisticated ways. It’s rather sobering to see how much students are amazed when we take a video and begin to deconstruct it for embedded messages.

Weir provides more than tips for linking to YouTube in presentations. He suggests teaching strategies and even how YouTube led him to start making his own videos. Read the entire essay YouTube to the Rescue.

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