Wednesday, June 24, 2009

YouTube EDU and Children's Literature

YouTube EDU contains hundreds of free video clips from each college and university's YouTube channel, including lectures by well-known professors and scholars on a variety of subjects. Site visitors can browse through each of these channels individually, or search by the most viewed clips each month (or all time). Recently added content includes commencement speeches by President Barack Obama, talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, country singer Dolly Parton, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt; the science behind the movie "Angels and Demons," as revealed by Carnegie Mellon professor Manfred Paulini.

I wondered what would be available in the area of children's literature. After a quick search, I found a two-part video titled, "Office Chat: Importance of Quality Children's Literature" by Kelly Andrus of the University of Mary Washington College of Graduate of Professional Studies. I met Kelly a couple of years ago at the NCTE conference in NYC. We attended the ALAN breakfast together and heard Jerry Spinelli speak. We instantly hit it off so it was a treat to see her in this video.

In part one, Kelly discusses the importance of visuals in enhancing reading skills (7.15 mins). In Part 2, she discusses the importance of multicultural children's literature in the classroom (5.54 mins.). Throughout both clips, she introduces great picturebooks--well worth the time! Happy viewing.





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