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Watching Videos on YouTube!

What we hope you’ll learn from this module:

What is YouTube?

YouTube is a website where people can watch, upload and share videos. There are YouTube videos about cats, science experiments and playing guitar. Some videos are cartoons, some are music videos and some are of people talking. These are called video logs or vlogs. Videos that become very popular are sometimes called memes. When many people share a video, that video has gone viral.

How can I use YouTube?

You can get to YouTube by doing a Google search (see Module 2: Searching) and clicking on “Videos.” You can also go to and search there.
When you find a video you like, you can copy URL from the address bar at the top of the page and email it to a friend, or you can click on “Share” underneath the video. Here’s a video that will show you how:[youtube=]
Now it’s your turn!
Activity #1: Search for Videos
  1. Go to
  2. Search for anything you want! Cats, tying a necktie, or even learning English.
  3. Click on a video to watch it.
  4. Reflect! What video did you watch? What did you think about it? To find out more about commenting, see Participate.
Activity #2: Share a Video
  1. Go to
  2. Search for a video
  3. Copy the URL in the address bar
  4. Go to your email
  5. Click on “Compose” to start a new email and address it to your friend, your librarian or even yourself!
  6. Write a short note about the video and paste the URL into the email
  7. Hit send! You just shared a video!
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Advanced Things YouTube Can Do

If you like using YouTube, here are some other things you can do:
  • Learn how to do something new
  • Subscribe to a YouTube channel or watch a YouTube series
  • Use a cell phone or camera to record your own video and upload it! 
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Congratulations & Thank You!

This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by NAME for LIBRARY/GROUP. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.