YouTube as a Learning Tool?
It all started two weeks ago with a library book about the Titanic. Since then, my son has been on a fact-finding mission to learn everything he can about the Titanic, not to be mistaken with the Carpathia or the Californian which were other ships involved in the story of this disaster. The questions are endless, what are smoke stacks for? Where's the engine? What are the rudders on a ship? What about the propellers? How did the ship sink? Most often, I do my best to explain things using my limited knowledge, but it still does not satiate the mind of my curious 5 year old. I have come to accept and realize that the best thing to do is to feed his curiosity by encouraging further discovery and exploration into whatever subject matter that seems to pique his interest. For the Titanic, I used a most unlikely resource (for me) YouTube to help further his understanding to better explain the things I could not. Who knew that Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On is helping to tell a 5 year old the story of the Titanic?
I'm curious, do you allow your kids to watch YouTube (of course with parental supervision)? Aside from the Titanic, we've watch the space shuttle launch, the eruptions of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Pinatubo to name a few. Do you use other electronic media? What about encyclopedias? With the Wikipedia and the vast "resources" on the Web, do you feel there is still a place for doing research using books?