U-Tube is just awesome when you consider the amount of information portrayed in its content. I initially went looking for Home Economic related videos to integrate into a blog i have set up for students.
With not much luck i checked out teacher-tube and was not overly impressed with it content to that topic. I tried again on U-Tube this time narrowing my search to cooking demonstrations and videos. This proved to be excellent for the sort of basic recipes i was looking for, plenty of home and house wife cooking as well as some professional standard examples.
Using U-Tube links such as this one i have embedded, allows students to engage with more then my demonstration and the theory literature that is provided for learning before they actively get to attempt it, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je3i_BvLO4c.
In this example, Creme Anglaise, i used a link on the classes web page for them to visit after the demonstration for revision and simple questions and prompts regarding the steps of the recipe. Their interaction encourages cognitive learning before they even take part in designated practical cookery tasks.
Using the blog as a server i can upload other links to cooking web pages such as http://www.epicurious.com/ or www.taste.com.au/ for the learners to compare recipes and methods. Siemens (2004) believes we need to teach by drawing information outside of our primary knowledge. The ability to synthesize and recognize connections and patterns is a valuable skill.
So, in conclusion, as long as you scan the content of the video before hand for any elicit material, U-Tube can play a very intricate part in supplying and also reinstating importance of task information.
Thanks for reading,
Siemens, G. (2004), A Learning theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved August 3rd, 2009, from
http://www.epicurious.com/, Retrieved Augaut 3rd, 2009.
http://teachertube.com/videoList.php?pg=featuredvideolist, Viewed August 3rd, 2009.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je3i BvLO4c. Viewed August 3rd, 2009.