YouTube, Not Zoom, Is My Secret Weapon for Teaching

Why coronavirus has forced one Chicago teacher into vlogging

Sophie Lucido Johnson
OneZero
Published in
5 min readApr 6, 2020

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Teenage girl with headphones taking notes during an online class at home.
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SShannon has been playing a lot of Stardew Valley, but she also just finished a historical novel — Rules of Civility — that she said transcends the genre. Sarah has been listening to the sci-fi podcast Wolf 359. Terrance is re-watching Gravity Falls, and recommends that his classmates read the comic book Bone. I know all of this not because I am their teacher (although I am), but because I have my own YouTube channel.

I also know about their specific anxieties. They want to know what’s going to become of prom. They’re worried about their family’s finances. They’re concerned about taking AP tests and about graduating. Also, only a week into stay-at-home classes, every last one of them is already sick of videoconferencing.

As an adult, I, too, am sick of videoconferencing — but I understand it to be a necessary evil. For high school students who aren’t 100% sure what is going to count toward a final grade and what isn’t, Google Hangouts and Zoom…

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Sophie Lucido Johnson
OneZero

A person who writes and draws and eats her feelings.