The Internet is a global network connecting millions of computers. Now imagine having unlimited (depending on your location) access to free, uninterrupted, step by step instruction on how to go about learning, resolving or solving that issue you have. Now that’s what we call a VIRTUAL CLASSROOM!
A classroom according to Wikipedia is a room in which teaching or learning activities can take place. Classrooms are found in educational institutions of all kinds, including public and private schools, home schools, corporations, and religious and humanitarian organizations. The classroom attempts to provide a safe space where learning can take place uninterrupted by other distractions.
While the classroom is clearly the dominant setting for learning, the flexibility of classroom instruction is often called into question. Instead of isolating learners in a classroom, many teachers are experimenting with integrating learning into a student’s daily life. New learning technologies and mobile devices make it possible for learning to take place at any time, at any place, and (perhaps most importantly) at any pace that the learner desires.
Take for instance, SL a thirty-one year old lawyer with an indepth knowledge in ICT. He developed his ICT skills via self learning. He watches video tutorials, read books and practicalise whatever he has learnt.
YouTube As Your Virtual Classroom!
A virtual classroom is an online learning environment. YouTube is a video-sharing website which also qualifies as an online learning environment. Most of the content on it has been uploaded by individuals, although media corporations including CBS, the BBC, VEVO, Hulu and other organizations offer some of their material via the site, as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can watch videos, while registered users can upload an unlimited number of videos.
Say for instance, you want to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop CS6 or how to put a baby to sleep. All you have to do is to connect to the internet and point your browser to http://www.youtube.com and search through the library for your desired video.
Some of what you can get on YouTube:
- How to
Give it a try and you would be amazed at the amount of stuffs you can learn on YouTube. Just type in your desired search and sit back and enjoy.
We recommend you download Realplayer which gives you the option to download the videos on YouTube onto your hard drive.