Is Youtube a viable option for teaching History?

Aug 2017
35
Canada
#1
Hi! I am a current student at a University in Canada working into entering graduate studies in History. Because I already do an enormous amount of research for the University and in my personal life I decided to try and make a History Youtube channel. I do this to try and promote history primarily to the youth as it certainly is not promoted enough! I go about using Primary/Secondary sources like any standard University essay for all my youtube content while trying to add some humor to make it more entertaining. I try to take on controversial topics such as


I would love to know anyone's opinion on Youtuber's using historic content?
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
4,624
Portugal
#2
Images, such as photos and videos are important tools in the teaching of history, even if the primary tool is still the written word: The book.

About the title, and for your words, content, of the video, I have a question: is it adequate promote history primarily to the youth with controversial fringe themes? Or should de we promote history to the youth with the available core of knowledge, within the current paradigm, letting controversial themes for those with knowledge and critical capacity to endure the discussion?

On personal terms I use YouTube to see sources (footage, especially from the beginning of the 20th century and about the Portuguese Colonial War, and lectures and conferences in academic circles). And I think that the students have to be careful on the use of YouTube (and the net in general) since there is much more garbage than quality content.
 
Mar 2010
9,842
#3
It all depends on the site and who's presenting it.

Youtubers like The Great War are excellent and I would highly recommend them

However avoid anything with the Truth in their title, they are peddling out rite lies.



(Urrg urge to kill rising)
 
Jan 2017
882
Tampa, FL
#4
Watching videos (or even lectures) is a very passive form of learning, but can be made more engaging I think if they are coupled with discussion, some sort of quiz (or game) or some other form of interaction.
 
Jul 2017
187
Wales
#6
It can definitely work. The beauty of YouTube is the different approaches you can take. I've watched YouTube videos ranging from Tom Richey's - an approach which feels like a one-on-one student/lecturer talk; Epic Rap Battles of history (of course, to be taken with a pinch of salt; but still informative in a different way) to John Green's Crash Course World History which throws information at you at a rapid-fire pace. So yes, I definitely feel as though it's viable to teach history through YouTube!
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
4,624
Portugal
#7
…I've watched YouTube videos ranging from Tom Richey's - an approach which feels like a one-on-one student/lecturer talk; Epic Rap Battles of history (of course, to be taken with a pinch of salt; but still informative in a different way) to John Green's Crash Course World History which throws information at you at a rapid-fire pace...
I think that most of the humans can read more quickly than they can hear, and they can even choose the pace. And as DaveK said, hearing a video is a passive attitude, while reading is an active one, the active processes are generally much better for memorization.
 
Jul 2017
187
Wales
#8
I think that most of the humans can read more quickly than they can hear, and they can even choose the pace. And as DaveK said, hearing a video is a passive attitude, while reading is an active one, the active processes are generally much better for memorization.
I agree that it's quicker to read - I do most of my learning through reading. But when it's been a long day and I am mentally drained, an educational video is a nice option to have. Plus I'm usually taking notes whilst watching said video.
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
4,624
Portugal
#9
Plus I'm usually taking notes whilst watching said video.
That is quite an active process, it improves significantly the memorisation. I personally wish that I have the patience to do it often when I read. Students should also do that during the expositive part of the classes.
 

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