Another YouTube lesson
Posted September 29, 2016on:
Here is a lesson on video-based learning as applied outside the schooling bubble.
Watch this video of a 12-year-old girl who taught herself dubstep dancing by watching YouTube videos.
Administrators, instructional designers, and teachers might be seduced by the sentiment that the girl expressed: “It benefits you by rewinding, pausing… you can watch it over and over again, but in a classroom you can’t do that.” This is also what a vendor might say.
The self-taught dancer went on to say that the Internet was her generation’s way of learning things.
I do not deny those two points, but if we focus only on the technical affordances of YouTube videos and what seems to be a generational difference, we focus on the wrong things.
A video simply being on YouTube does not drive the learning. It is the learner that does this. In the words of the girl in the video:
If you’re on the Internet, you can really learn and teach yourself… You can do anything if you really have a passion for it.
What YouTube has done is made self-directed and truly independent learning possible. What the learner must do is desire to learn, search, watch, curate, practice, critique, and create. All are desirable outcomes, are they not?