So I was talking to my friend today and she started talking about how she was learning about how water is sucked up through the roots of plants to their leaves in her biology class. She was going through all sorts of complicated terms that must have taken a lecture to learn. The whole time I was able to keep up with her and add little bits of information that she didnt even mention. We were basically talking about how awesome plants are (yes, I know, we’re cool).
The point I’m getting at, is that I didn’t take her bio class, and I didn’t have any idea what she was talking about only up to about a couple of weeks ago. This is because I was YouTube surfing and clicked on a video that was liked by a vlogger I was subscribed to.
The video I clicked on was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BickMFHAZR0&feature=g-hist. Its all about how a tree is able to bring water up to its highest leaves and why. It is also taught in a way that is most likely way more entertaining than how it would be in class room or lecture hall.
This got me thinking. I was able to learn almost as much as she learned in class as i did watching a video that was less than 8 minutes.. on YouTube! Could this replace classrooms in the future? I’m already subscribed to several entertaining and education vloggers and channels on YouTube including The VlogBrothers with their show Scihow (http://www.youtube.com/user/scishow?feature=results_main) and Vsauce with Michael Stevens (http://www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce?feature=g-user-lik). Both of these teach really interesting facts and knowledge in very entertaining and informative ways. I dont even have to roll out of bed like i have to with lectures and class. This is a much more convenient and entertaining way to learn all sorts of new things.
This may not take over the classroom, but I can definitely see it working along side teachers in the very near future.