Wednesday, April 25, 2018
10th grade English. They're reading To Kill a Mockingbird. However, on this day they were doing some related studies. They were to watch a video on the Scottsboro Boys.
We were to watch about 50 minutes of the video (via YouTube), then they had some questions to answer. It was a rather standard type of lesson. And, as I do, when the video was playing, I wasn't paying close attention. (It is April. I was reading blogs...)
However, I was sort of listening. So, when the video went from being in the midst of a court trial back to the men being arrested from earlier in the doc, I knew something was wrong. The class was not happy. They were riveted, and they wanted to know more about the woman's testimony.
After some investigation, I discovered that the rest of the video was just a repeat of what they'd already seen. What to do? I called one of the other 10th grade English teachers (they work as a team), and she said it was okay to go on to the next thing as they weren't going to finish the video anyway.
The class, however, wasn't having it. They could see that there was a part 2 on the YouTube page, and they wanted me to explore it. Which they repeated while we went over the next part of the assignment. Repeatedly. (They were worse than middle schoolers.)
On the one hand, I'm glad they were so invested in the doc that they wanted to see how things turned out. But on the other hand, they weren't going to finish the video, and the next part of the assignment told them how things turned out. (Spoiler alert: not good.)
(In case you're interested, you can find the video here: Part 1; Part 2.)
It turned out that the part 2 was the rest of the video. I was curious. While they were doing the next part of the assignment, I previewed it. So, when they finished their stuff, I did play about 15 more minutes for them. (It was a long period, so we had the time.)
Of course they wanted me to play the video for longer...
At least I knew what the issue was (and how to fix it) for the next class. Of course, right at the point when it was time to change the video was when the phone rang... Naturally.
Has YouTube ever disappointed you with a video glitch? Would you have shown the rest of the video to the annoying class?
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