Greetings to all of you who have come over here from my article in AHA Perspectives. If you haven’t, those of you who are AHA members (and therefore have access to it) should definitely click the above link and give that essay a read.
The subject of my piece is teaching history with YouTube. This is actually my second Perspectives article on the subject. [You can read the first one here even if you don’t subscribe.] The first article was about where to find video for the history classroom. This one is more about the mechanics and pedagogy of how to use them.
When I wrote that first piece in 2008, the whole idea of using classroom video was novel enough that pointing people to YouTube as a source was a good enough suggestion for Perspectives to print it. When that article came out, I tried to get people to went from that article over to this blog to make some suggestions about what videos they use. Perhaps it’s because people are shy or perhaps it’s because the idea of teaching with YouTube was way ahead of its time, but that post has gotten a grand total of zero comments in all the years since I wrote it.
Eternal optimist that I am and knowing that a lot more people now are teaching history with YouTube than they were back then, I think I’ll repeat the same question I asked three years ago:
What are the best YouTube clips for use in the history classroom?
Please offer your suggestions with links in the comments below.