Tutorials on YouTube

I am often amazed at the number of useful resources available on YouTube. Exploding potato launchers, kittens in the toilet bowl and endearing moments with pets and toddlers aside, there are many handy tutorials and how-tos to choose from.

YouTube also provides several ways to either save or share the videos you like. If you have a YouTube account you can “favorite” a video or save it to a playlist. If you want to share a video with your students you can:

  • login and play directly from your playlist
  • use the embed code to add a video to Blackboard
  • embed the video on your blog or web page

Following are a few I’ve added to my own playlists. What good things have you discovered on YouTube? Feel free to leave a comment and share it with the rest of us.

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“Evaluating Web Sites” is one of a series of tutorials found on the researchtutorials’s channel. Others in the collection include “Generating Search Terms,” “Library of Congress” and “Lateral Research” tutorials.


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“A Fair(y) Use Tale” is an entertaining remix about copyright and Fair Use.


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“Google Docs in Plain English” is one of a long series of videos released by the creative people at Common Craft. (Want more entertainment? Check out “Zombies in Plain English.”)


Keynes and Hayek

During the recent Jan Term faculty workshop, I spent a little time talking about ideas for student video projects. While most were, I hope, practical I tried to throw out a couple that were maybe more on the imaginative, if bizarre, side. One of those ideas proposed a rap video based on a totally unexpected subject. My inspiration for that one was the now well-known Hadron Collider rap. Who knew that lead ion collisions and dark matter could be so melodic and downright fun? I really thought it would be nearly impossible to top the Hadron Collider rap for sheer audacity and cleverness of rhyme.

At least, that’s what I thought until I came across this little number on The Chronicle’s Tweed blog. Keynes and Hayek resurrected. Who? Keynes and Hayek were “two of the great economists of the 20th century.” And thanks to the econstories.tv project by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the The Productioneers, LLC we can all benefit from a modern take on their economic philosophies. Rap video based on a totally unexpected subject? Oh, yeah.

You see it’s all about spending, hear the register cha-ching
Circular flow, the dough is everything
So if that flow is getting low, doesn’t matter the reason
We need more government spending, now it’s stimulus season


Visit the EconStories website to get the complete lyrics and to find out more about the project.

M51 Hubble Remix

One of many amazing images available from NASA’s website, this image shows a spiral structure that is over 60,000 light-years across. This sweep of cosmic beauty carries the engaging moniker NGC 5194 and shares space relatively near the handle of the Big Dipper.

This and many other images, videos, audio files and data files are free for non-commercial use in course materials, photo collections, web pages and so on. NASA simply requires that you list them as the source of the material. Exceptions and other conditions are listed on their Using NASA Imagery and Linking to NASA Web Sites page.

Image Credit: NASA, Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI/AURA), ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI). Additional Processing: Robert Gendler

via M51 Hubble Remix.