I feel this video shows how many opportunities there are for people to grow and learn through media, social networks, and the internet. We are exposed to so many tools on the internet and many people don’t know how to use these tools to their advantage. I think that it’s important for teachers to incorporate YouTube into their teaching as much as possible because it gives students exposure to the advantages it presents.
Michael Wech explains how first time “vloggers” find it uncomfortable to speak to a camera because they become more self-aware than if they were speaking to an actual person in front of them. I feel this could be valuable in a classroom setting because first of all, it allows students to say and examine things they may not feel comfortable doing in front of people, and second of all, it encourages them to be self-aware. YouTube also allows students to connect with people from all over the world, they are being exposed to people that they normally wouldn’t be able to and this can be very beneficial.
I don’t think it’s a question on whether or not YouTube and other social networks and media should be incorporated in the classroom, but how it should be done. In order for these tools to be valuable to students and their learning, it needs to be done in a way that is meaningful. I would like to explore more ways of incorporating these tools into the classroom.