Opening doors to digital literacy with online modules

Module 7: YouTube

YouTube logo

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:

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!

You have completed Module 7: YouTube from LINKS TO LITERACY
This module is licensed under the creative commons

One comment on “Module 7: YouTube

  1. martin lani
    April 27, 2013

    All of you have done a great job. You may want to use more pictures and fewer and more simple words. I will be anxious to see how this gets used in libraries.

    Thank you all for your hard work!

    Lani Martin, Ph.D.
    Retired elementary school teacher (20 Years) and college professor (10 years).

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