An Argument for and Against Youtube in the Classroom


Youtube is an amazing platform where you can create and share content with people all over the world. It can be a great resource for educators in and out of the classroom. Through this assignment, I actually discovered a few channels that were dedicated to education.

Screen Shot 2018-06-18 at 11.51.12 AMScreen Shot 2018-06-18 at 11.52.00 AM I then found an article explaining how it can be used in the classroom. They suggested:

-it allows the teacher to bring in and show videos that incorporates a fun element into a lesson

-the teacher can use youtube to set up playlists for assignments or extra resources for extended learning

-you can record and share lessons to reaffirm learning and use for studying

The blog the Educational App Store had a few other suggestions for how Youtube could be used in the classroom:

-trigger interesting and unique discussion

-use videos to inspire themed reflections

-access free high-quality educational instruction videos

-have videos of poets/ authors reading their work

-using clips from documentaries to provide context to a topic

-provide alternate forms of a lesson for visual learners

-a good student research tool

-demonstrate experiments

-help hone listening skills

I think that there are a number of ways to use Youtube positively in the classroom as long as you monitor the content being covered is approved and accurate. It allows parents at home to stay connected to what their children are learning in class and can provide them with the resources to assist them with their homework assignments. There should be steps put in place to help prevent wandering and distractions.


There are a number of reasons to be wary of using Youtube as a platform in the classroom. Alec Hale’s blog highlighted a few very common concerns with Youtube in the Classroom.

Issues with music and language filters: there can be some issues with using certain music videos and covers in the classroom. Classic youtube filters will not always catch when there is an inappropriate use of language used in a recreation in a song and may be flagged as safe when in actuality it is not appropriate for the classroom.\

Issues with embedded videos: embedded videos make it easier for educators to share content however, the filters can get overexcited and will block all embedded content whether it is appropriate or not. Because of this, it can make some resources unreliable.

The pesky comment section: The comment section is a very dangerous place, especially for young and impressional students. Even on some of the most lighthearted content, it is not very hard to find some terrible comments. Cyberbullying can become commonplace and it is best not to subject the students to this if at all possible.

A few other reasons why Youtube may not always be the best in the classroom:

-It can replace meaningful discussion

-Students could easily get off topic by selecting suggested videos

-students could be watching “educational” videos that are giving them false information

-while there are privacy settings it is all or nothing, either hardly anyone sees it or everyone does, this can open you up for criticism.

While youtube can be dangerous for students I think that there are also ways to get around it. Using Distraction free youtube can help with keeping the students on task and hide the comments.


1 thought on “An Argument for and Against Youtube in the Classroom

  1. Hi Amber,
    You covered all areas of the argument for having YouTube in your classroom. But, you hinted right at the end that you’d use this technology without firmly stating it. Would you use YouTube in the classroom?


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