The iPad has a great interface for navigating youtube. The app comes installed on every new iPad so there is no need to download the app from the app store. You can easily sign in to youtube from the device to access subscribed videos and you can search for content using the native search bar. So, why use youtube when presenting? Videos are a great way to get students engaged in a topic, and there are millions of videos on youtube that are all FREE. Not only that, youtube makes it easy for you upload your own content to youtube right from the iPad. Any video you create with the iPad camera can be posted to youtube. Simply go to the camera roll by pressing the thumbnail image on the bottom left of the screen, then click the share button located on the bar at the top of the screen, and press ‘send to youtube’. You will need a google/youtube account to sign in, and then just upload. Students can make videos private or unlisted so that the content remains hidden to the public, or you can share it with the world. The ‘send to youtube’ option is built in to the iOS software so it is available in other video editing applications (like iMovie).
The ability to create a quick video and share it with the class when presenting is a powerful way for you to engage students, or for students to engage their peers when giving presentations.
I am still cautious of promoting students to upload to youtube, especially if they are recording other students, so this is something that should be considered. You should be familiar with google terms, and understand the difference between unlisted and private, and know what is best to use.
Using the iPad to access and upload youtube videos is simple, and is a great tool that can be used for presenting.