Saturday, April 11, 2009

YouTube as a teaching tool

I watched some videos of Brazilian "capoeira," a dance/martial art form of African origin. There is one video called "Capoeira Girl" that is very artfully done. YouTube is a great resource for teachers wanting short video clips to show to classes. I could have used it when I was teaching Portuguese--there are videos on many Brazilian topics. There is also a lot of junk on You Tube and you can spend a lot of time hunting for something good. The "favorites" tag is a little helpful in that regard. When I am doing research I usually check YouTube to see if there are any interviews on a topic and have found it useful for that purpose. It's a good way to get different people's perspectives on a topic.

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