She enthusiastically sang the songs during circle time and encouraged her students to sing as well. The songs rarely changed and neither did the basket of props - flags, shapes, ribbons, and more. Questions were asked and language concepts were learned. Students used words, body movements, and gestures to participate. Everyone looked forward to the group hug at the end.
Ten years later there was a whiteboard. The students watched cartoon characters dance across the screen to songs found on YouTube. All good songs, but no one was singing.
This is the BAD - mirroring the passive nature of TV viewing. No one is singing, modeling speech and language, OR interacting with others.
YouTube can be a GOOD resource and there are ways to effectively use the videos without sacrificing good models and active participation. Below are some links and suggestions.
Make it Safe and Easy
Watch the ENTIRE video before showing it to your students. You never know what not so nice surprise might appear at the end of that cute nursery rhyme.
If you at all question the appropriateness of a video, DO NOT use it.
|See my SafeShare link of Pharrell Williams' Happy.|
Click on the links below to see how teachers, at Teachers Pay Teachers, use SafeShare.TV and QR codes to show stories without distractions. These activities are FREE.
- Storytown Instant QR Code Listening Center, Lesson 1: Ruby the Copycat
- August QR Code Listening Center
For more information about SafeShare.TV, check out the YouTube Ad-Free Guide.
Rebecca Reinking, at Adventures in Speech Pathology, has some very useful suggestions to make using YouTube quick, easy, and effective. Check out her post, USING YOUTUBE IN SLP THERAPY: DON’T MAKE MY MISTAKES!
Make It Fun
Sing the songs with your children, dance with them, use hand motions, and talk about the songs. Stop the music to talk about the characters, story, and lyrics.
Teach core vocabulary words "who" and "not" while singing Who Took The Cookie? (Farm Animals Version) from Super Simple Songs.
Make It Engaging
There are so many good books on YouTube. Don't let YouTube replace you reading to students. Mute the sound, read the book, and pause as needed. You will be the model for your students, you can pause, ask questions and comment. Let your students see your facial expressions and hear the intonation as you read.
These YouTube videos show book pages and not so much of the reader.
- Andrew Ghio not only reads books but animates the books as well. Find If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Pinkalicious, and several others here.
- An introduction to the author as Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar or use this version - The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film.
- Read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and end the lesson by singing the song at this link.
- Sing along with Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
- Read Jan Brett's The Mitten posted by Heidi Samuelson or listen as Jan Brett reads and draws the Gingerbread Baby.
- Rebekah Wall has posted so many good books.
Share resources with parents. Some of our students don't have many books at home, but most can view YouTube on a tablet, phone or TV.
Make It Interesting
You can find a YouTube video for just about any skill or theme.
In the spring, read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle or another seed to plant book. Follow up with From a Seed to a Flower, Peep and the Big Wide World: Peep Plants a Seed, or Sid The Seed.
Talking about fall? Read "Leafy" The Leaf that Wouldn't Leave and also, The Little Yellow Leaf (A Stop Motion Story) - a wordless story add words
Sesame Street's many short clips about feelings are great to discuss with your younger students.
Find videos to complement rather than replace your teaching. Use videos as an introduction or as the closing to your lessons. Book trailers make great introductions to lessons.
- Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice
- Otter in Space by Sam Garton
- Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
If your topic involves occupations or animals, short books found at Speech Blubs, make great introductions. I would definitely use the BUNNY Storybook if working on /b/.
These SLPs Have Even More!
- Angela Hannigan at Home Speech Home posted Using YouTube Videos to Spice Up Language Therapy. Click here to see Angela's post complete with a lesson plan.
- 10 YOUTUBE VIDEOS YOU NEED FOR SOCIAL SKILLS THERAPY at Rebecca Reinking's Adventures in Speech Pathology
|This is a screenshot of my newest YouTube account - The Budget SLP. |
I will be adding to my playlists, but will not be uploading videos. When
you find an account you like, always check videos for any they may
have uploaded. If you like their videos, you may have common interests, so
look at the account's playlists as well.
- Sarah at Speech is Beautiful, uses wordless videos with older elementary students. See her links to videos that encourage problem-solving - 10 WORDLESS VIDEOS THAT TEACH PROBLEM-SOLVING.
- /s/ Articulation (all positions) Marshmallow Toss FREEBIE - with YouTube link at Miss Amanda's Speech Center.
- Stephen Kneece, MA, CCC-SLP writes, performs, and records Speech and Language Songs. Find Core Vocabulary Songs such as Where and Turn On Turn Off and numerous Articulation Songs. I really like What's Core Vocabulary? | "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner PARODY.
- Social Skills: 20 Things People Should Say More Often from Molly Sillich
- TAXI CAB Freebie: Carl's Car Wash Language Lesson Video Companion by The SLP on TPT - Meredith Taylor
|YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream|
- Erik X. Raj's favorite speech therapy app is YouTube by Google, Inc. Read what he has to say about YouTube in his post, Do You Use YouTube in Speech Therapy?
- Find many YouTube videos at my post, Video Modeling - Timesaving Resources.
- Brittany Gonzalez has 43 songs on her playlist, Speech Therapy Songs.
- Read how Amanda Dugan, at Tween Speech Therapy, uses short videos in her therapy sessions. Read her post Using Short Animated Videos in Speech Therapy and view her playlist for Animated Shorts here.
- Keri at My SpeechParty.com has several YouTube videos - Speech-Language Practice Fun for Kids: Let's Go Fishing (sh practice), Digging for l Sound Treasures, and Rhyming Fun with Elf on the Shelf.
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