- learn how to tie a half-windsor knot for my husband's tie (while i was at it, i learned 3 other knots!) extra note: this guy had the best how-to video on ties out there. too many others assumed i'd tied a tie before and glossed over important aspects! this one was truly step by step.
- replace the charging port on my samsung chromebook (easy as 1-2-3)
- how to ice a layer cake into a "swirl rose cake" (daughter's 21st) - it was ombre on the inside, too
- to view the annual xmas cartoons from my childhood on xmas eve (who doesn't miss the heat miser and the snow miser? and rudolph, and, of course, the grinch!)
- to rethread my overlocker, and also how to change the foot on my sewing machine
to name a few.
when it comes to teaching, i've used youtube to (random selection, not exhaustive!):
- demonstrate how cinematography made the ending of the sopranos totally obvious (!)
- how an aural bridge from credits/black screen to first image sets the tone of a film (darn, these have been deleted :( )
- how/why directors choose songs for lyrical meaning (essential for the opening scene of hot fuzz. also good for teaching homophones)
- to publish student book trailers
- as a place for students to make a file of video shorts for a speech when embedding them into something else wasn't optional/reasonable (for whatever reason)
- teaching advertising through jingles
- public speaking demonstrations (particularly voice, but also structure and content)
- to repeat (over and over) an excerpt of film we are studying
- pronunciation (like chiaroscuro, for example)
- to share documentaries, like that of murdered teen emmett till, in order to bring forward wider ideas from a text
- to develop the concept of national identity through lyrics (the muttonbirds, but lots of pre-teaching here)
- doodle 4 google
- to discuss how astronauts use the toilet when watching apollo 13 (i, too, was curious!)
youtube is a fantastic resource for teaching and learning. i haven't even touched on the resources for khan academy, TED, SXSW, flipped classrooms, etc. you can learn how to do just about anything on youtube.