Youtube Assignment Hacks for Dyslexic Kids!


Doing research for school assignments can be hard work for dyslexics when you have to read pages and pages of text.  Learn how we use YouTube to take the pain out of school assignments by watching the video.

I’ve popped the transcript below for those of you who love to read but watching the video is so much better ! You can look over my shoulder at the computer screen while I show you YouTube… Go on… watch the video :-)


“It's the last week of term here which in our household usually means tired kids and lots of assignment deadlines.   I thought I'd take this chance to record you a video and show you the YouTube research hacks we use in our house to help our dyslexic kids do their own assignment research.

It's brilliant because they don't need to work through reams of written information and they can be completely autonomous and self-contained in their research.  Hopefully some of these tips will be helpful for you.

The first step is obviously to search for some assignment related content up here in the search bar - I've stuck in Crash Course Anatomy today because I wanted to introduce you to the Crash Course guys if you haven't met them already.  

They produce amazing content on a huge range of school/learning related topics they're always worth checking out.   Have a listen to Hank here: "in March of 2015 American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian..." so some of you might be thinking that's well and good but he speaks too fast -  indeed he does so you can go to the settings wheel here and change playback speed, slow it down speed it up or use the custom dragger to get it just right for the video that you're working with.  Let's have a listen now "... colleague Mikhail Kornienko began an unprecedented mission in space..."   there you go that's much easier!


The next thing to know about is the captions setting - you can toggle on and off down here with the CC button and that brings up the captions which are really helpful if you're especially if you're working on something that's scientific and there are new words that you don't know how to spell. You've got the correct spelling right here. 

You can take those captions a step further though if you take these three buttons down the bottom and choose "open transcript" you actually get the full transcript of the video in text form here which lets you jump between one section of a video and another very easily.  If you're trying to find some particular part.   You can also go with these three setting buttons and you can toggle the timestamps on and off because if you want to select and paste into  a document that you're working in you can do that as well.  If you're more visual and maybe many of our kids are  - you can also just move your mouse along the video there and you get the frames to come up so if they're looking for a particular part and reading the text isn't so brilliant then maybe they'll be jogged by the images that are on the screen -  using that way to navigate the video.


Using those three tips:

1. making sure you've got captions on;

2. slowing down the video, and

3. turning on the transcript   - those three things have made assignment research for our kids so much easier than working through large pages of text.


I'd love hear how these tips go next time is an assignment due in your household!”


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