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Freedom, creativity, and sharing, grassroots videos provide outlets for all of these abilities. Grassroots videos are being used to stimulate learning in the classroom, as a visual aid/hook for lessons. Images can be shared with the students from anywhere in the world. Over 200 hundred schools in the United States are now engaged in the production of films. There are three specific categories for high school grassroots videos: those created by teachers directly related to assignments, those created by students in response to teacher-directed assignments, and those videos created by students for the sole purpose of creation and self expression. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Grassroots videos are being used to record student presentations and help provide feedback. They can be used for safety and procedural ways to use a drill press for example, to complement a lecture in a welding course. You can actually find full course lectures on-line. Feel free to search for “Physics 801 graduate class MIT” on Youtube. You can’t have the graduate degree after watching the videos, however, you can attend the recorded lectures! Technology is now allowing us to attend classes by telecommuting. How could that assist with your reduction of transportation carbon pollution?

The internet has many free websites that allow the user to access, create, and obtain grassroots videos for free, including:
Youtube, TeacherTube, Flickr, Clip Moon, Vimeo, Hot Share, MySpace, Discovery Education, Videolectures, to name a few.

Facilitators are using grassroots videos to monitor student behaviors, facilitation strengths and weaknesses, and lesson plan capture. In higher education, instructors can video tape lectures, lab tests, or anything that may be relevant to the course, and easily upload into a PowerPoint presentation, WebtCT or Blackboard learning management system, or webpage for student viewing at a later time.

Although grassroots videos are a great way to show the students how to do something, for example in physical education, however there are many issues that may occur. Some of those issues include recent budget cuts, lack of technology support, lack of availability of equipment, and controlling content on some sharing sites such as Youtube. There are going to be future shifts in authority – academically, artistically, morally, and ethically. Grassroots videos are self published and independent, so there are definite grey areas to consider.

The future of grassroots video in learning looks to be very interesting, debatable, and perhaps controversial. Technology is getting smaller, faster, and easier to share videos, with hand-held recording and updating devices.

Billions of grassroots videos are getting viewed each year, and is such a new emerging media that even corporations like Coca-Cola have become involved.