Wow, I learned so much about You Tube just by exploring the site! You can watch TV shows, movies, trailers for upcoming movies, and music videos on top of the random videos and things that people upload. If you are determined to get You Tube into your classroom, you can definitely find some educational documentaries in the movie section. You can also use You Tube in your classroom by uploading your own personalized videos. That might be a fun and exciting way to deliver instruction to your class rather than just lecturing. If you do want to use You Tube with your class, you will probably have to embed whatever videos you want to show into a document first. You Tube does have an option to embed the videos. That is the only way I can see to get past the site being blocked. I have not tried it yet, but I will attempt it and see if it works. Please let me know if anyone else knows another way to get around the site being blocked.
I did have a chance to upload my Educational Reform PSA on You Tube. The web address is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLH-Au9-XFU. Check it out and let me know what you think! I found so many other educational videos that are out there just waiting to be watched! I found a lot of the Schoolhouse Rock videos. Here are just a few of those:
How a Bill Becomes a Law: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEJL2Uuv-oQ
Conjunction Junction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkO87mkgcNo
Grammar Rock - Adjectives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzGLzFuwxI
Multiplication Rock - I got Six: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwkgNf69ihY
Schoolhouse Rock - Three is a Magic Number: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Li-rTuBKs
I understand why Howard County feels the need to block You Tube access from students, but there should be some type of teacher override that we can use to access the site. It would be so nice to be able to just open the site and click play rather than embedding videos into a document. That adds in an extra piece of technology which could cause issues when transferring it to another computer or making one little mistake during the process of embedding it.