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    Is this an appropriate place on the NAfME site to post a survey for a graduate level thesis? I am having trouble find a good place to solicit responses for my research.

    Through my research I would like to find out about three topics: volume of use, content sharing and access to Youtube.

    How often are teacher using YouTube in their classroom? I am curious to see how many teachers are taking advantage of this enormous and free library of content. Are teacher using Youtube simply as an access point to media or are they taking advantage of the library of lessons and educational videos?

    -Content Sharing-
    How do teachers share the videos with their students? Do teachers let the video do the teaching or do they augment their teaching with video clips? I would like to know how often to educators upload their own content to share with others or if they only consume content.

    Is YouTube blocked by the district? Do their students have access to the internet at home or can they only use it at school? I would like to find out how easy it is for students and teachers to access Youtube content.

    Thanks for your time.



    Hi Joe, happy to help!

    1) I probably use YouTube an average of three days a week. In general music classes I use it to supplement cultural and history lessons (watching the performance of a folk dance from another country that we are going to learn, watching a performance by a jazz or rock n roll great) and to show examples of great instrumental performances when teaching about instrument families. I also use recordings posted to YouTube (I’ll use just the audio not the video) to supplement my CD/mp3 collection. For instrumental ensembles, we watch and listen to exemplary performances. Many of my classes also earn “YouTube Time” as a reward for good behavior: once a month, if earned, we’ll watching something fun and music related (marching band field shows, pop arrangements done by bands or orchestras, musical clips or sketches from the Jimmy Fallon Show). In my guitar classes, I will link to videos of guitar lessons in Edmodo to supplement my teaching and to provide additional examples and explanations for students who need repeated instructions or want to dig deeper.

    2) I always use videos to augment, never to replace. I often just show videos to the class using a SmartBoard, but if I want students to access on their own I will post videos to my school website. I also share videos with students on Edmodo. I do make my own content for guitar classes so that students can access lessons at home and on their own time so that they can move at their own pace through content, since that class is very mixed ability levels.

    3) At my school, YouTube is not blocked. Students have access to the internet at home and at school.

    Hope this helps!

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