After the Edson reading from a couple weeks ago on the Youtube channel Crashcourse and how it had succeeded in making educational content popular and digestible, I was interesting in figuring our just how much this channel and others like it are used by teachers. Back in 2009, Youtube set up Youtube EDU for all it educational content, thus giving teachers an easy place to find lessons on a variety of subjects. This is a good new tool for teachers because young students are willing to engage with a modern medium more readily than traditional teaching methods. I am fairly familiar will channels like Crashcourse, Sci show, and TedED, but I am curious if there are other super popular channels that I have not heard of.
For my print project I would like to look at how much these videos are used by teachers as well as if certain channels are particularly popular. Have these replaced older methods like watching stuff on a VHS/DVD like when I was in high school, or have they actually replaced the teacher. If the latter is true, is the prevalence of these videos actually a good thing? Are there teachers or parents who are more reluctant to use these new tools and what is their reasoning. Is there any evidence that teachers who use Youtube EDU in the classroom get better or worse results when it comes to learning outcomes? Although these videos can be very useful for teachers, is it possible that their overuse could create a uniformity of teaching that might not be positive for students? Also, is there a particular distribution across the country of what schools more commonly use these videos? Do schools in higher income areas with private schools use them, or is it the other way around with teachers that may have fewer resources leaning on Youtube to provide lessons for their students. Another area of this that could be its own study would be how has the Covid-19 pandemic changed things? My expectation would be that with learning going on via zoom, the use of digital content to teach students has become more widespread.
I am not certain how I would conduct the research for this analysis. Looking through news articles on the subject could give a general idea about how these videos are used by teachers. It may also be possible to get information from Youtube itself if they have data about the demographic or geographic data breakdown showing where and when these videos are played. Its also possible that PBS or another of the actual content creators may have more feedback information about the results coming from schools that use the videos that they make.