Youtube is a video sharing website that offers users the option to create an account to upload videos, however you do not require an account to view the videos. Before the launch of YouTube in 2005, there were few simple methods available for ordinary computer users who wanted to post videos online. With its easy to use interface, YouTube made it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to post a video that millions of people could watch within a few minutes. The wide range of topics covered by YouTube has turned video sharing into one of the most important parts of Internet culture (Wikipedia, 2009).
One of the key features of YouTube is the ability of users to view its videos on web pages outside the site. Each YouTube video is accompanied by a piece of HTML, which can be used to embed it on a page outside the YouTube website. This functionality is often used to embed YouTube videos in social networking pages and blogs.
As a future learning manager I would use this tool as the hook of a lesson or unit. I have been browsing both teacher tube and YouTube and have found a great video as a hook for my electricity unit. Please feel free to have a look.
Wikipedia (2009). YouTube. Retrieved August 19th from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtube
TeacherTube (2009). Electricity from Electrolytes. Retrieved August 19th, 2009 from http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=31797