The Media Library of Teaching Skills (free) adult education professional development videos [ http://mlots.org ] are now also available on our YouTube channel [ http://youtube.com search for: mlotsadulteducation ]
One of the videos, a 15-minute lesson that was posted seven months ago, has nearly 13,000 views. Although we intended this for adult education teachers, as a video window on a GED® Prep classroom, students have found it through the YouTube search engine. Several have commented on the video; they believe it has had a significant impact on their ability to prepare for the GED® writing test. Although student instruction was not our purpose – we made it for teachers' professional development –- this level of student viewer activity suggests that a collection of good quality YouTube or other free instructional videos might be help those who are preparing for the GED® exam whether they are enrolled in classes or studying on their own.
Would such a collection of reviewed GED videos be useful for your students?
Do your students use instructional videos now to help them prepare for the GED® exam or for other kinds of basic skills learning?
David J. Rosen
Yes, a collection of reviewed GED videos would be useful to our students. I do not know if students currently use instructional videos now but I feel this would help them immensely in their preparation.
Such a tease ;) Which is the vid with 13K views?
Susan and others,
The subject of the Media Library of Teaching Skills video that has over 13,000 hits is how to write a five-paragraph essay for the (current) GED(r) writing test. On YouTube it will be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djqpUAmrWuE It's also available on http://mlots.org My point was that adult learners are looking for -- and watching -- instructional videos, including this one that was intended for teachers, not learners.
I think what attracts learners to the videos is the teaching style, the teacher's knowledge, and also that this is not a "talking head" but is interactive between the teacher and the students.
Anyone, If you use this video with your students, let us know if they like it -- and if so, why.
David J. Rosen
Thanks -- yes, I do think watching another class is more interesting than listening to a talking head.
I watched the video and read the comments. I believe the majority of students enrolled in GED prep will appreciate the style and content of the lesson. This is exactly the way I taught essay writing when I was employed as a middle school language arts teacher. I have continued to use that method with my GED class. In addition, I let them know that this is an accepted method for the current GED test, but more advanced principles will be used when they enroll in a community college writing class.
Thanks for sharing the link. I plan to use this with my class when we return from winter break. I believe the students will absorb the ideas even more when they see another teacher using the same methods on YouTube that I have used in face to face presentations in class.
By the way, the comment on You Tube by the high school tenth grader was so irrelevant. He is apparently a throw back to the 1960's quote--Never trust anyone over thirty. My oldest and very successful GED grads were age 73. After GED, the husband and wife team continued their education at our local community college.