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.”)



A group of researchers at MIT  CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) have come up with a handy plugin for Firefox called list.it. Their goal was to create a very simple note taking tool that wasn’t overly cluttered with an abundance of bells and whistles most people didn’t need or use.

I’ve been using list.it for several weeks now and am liking it more and more. The plugin resides in the sidebar of the Firebox browser window. I generally leave the sidebar open, keeping list.it displayed, but you can open or close it as you wish. Close the sidebar by clicking the “X” on the title bar. Open it by going to the View Menu and choosing list.it from the Sidebar sub-menu.

Input boxThe list.it sidebar is a great place for making notes to yourself about all kinds of things. I used to keep my book wish list on various scraps of paper—now I keep it on list.it. It’s also handy for keeping track of websites, such as tutorials or webinars, that I know I want to get back to but don’t need or want to bookmark. A quick drag-and-drop of the URLSync & Backup and it’s on my list.

What makes this really work are the synchronization and search capabilities. Sign up on the list.it website and you can synchronize your list across the web, making it easy to access from both your office and home. No need for scrolling if your list gets lengthy. Type in an appropriate keyword, or phrase, into the search bar and list.it will sort out the related items for you.

Visit the list.it website to learn more.

Latitudinal Information Scrap Trapper that Indexes Things

Requires Firefox 3.0+ and is available for GNU/Linux, MacOS X and Windows