Videotelling: YouTube Stories for the Classroom

An ebook for teachers to get students listening, thinking, collaborating, communicating, problem solving, and making videos of their own

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LessonStream Books presents:

Exploding watermelons, curious pigs, sneezing baby pandas, mystery objects falling from the sky, internet addiction, online dishonesty, and (of course) internet cats.

Welcome to Videotelling – a teacher resource book which outlines a completely novel approach to using video content in the classroom. It consists of 45 immersive stories, each of which is based on the narrative of an authentic online video (adverts, short films, viral videos, etc.).

The interactive stories have been written to capture the imaginations of learners of all ages, everywhere. They are designed to be told by the teacher in the traditional way. This means that technology takes a back seat and viewing of the video comes later.

Stories are accompanied by ready-to-use tasks and activities which show teachers how to get students listening, thinking, speaking, writing, collaborating, problem solving, and creating videos and stories of their own.

Videotelling is beautifully illustrated and designed for a great reading experience. An accompanying website provides links to all videos.

Videotelling was financed by teachers and educators through a highly successful crowdfunding campaign. It was a finalist in the 2017 British Council ELTons Innovation Awards.


Jamie Keddie started off with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Realizing that he actually wanted to be a musician, he spent most of his twenties studying at Leeds College of Music in Yorkshire, England. After that, he worked as a singer-piano player on ships, but nothing too glamorous.

In 2001 Jamie moved to Barcelona and became an English language teacher. Gradually, his passion moved from music to education, video and storytelling.

As a trainer, Jamie has shared his ideas and insights with teachers and educators in over 40 countries.

Jamie is the winner of a prestigious British Council ELTon award for innovation. He is the author of Images (Oxford University Press, 2008), Bringing online video into the classroom (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Videotelling: YouTube Stories for the Classroom (LessonStream Books, 2017).

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Yes there is. You can order the paperback from the following distributors:

• UK: Bournemouth English Book Centre (Click here)

• Greece: Dietschi Educational Services (Click here)

• Brazil: SBS (Click here)


You can read the Videotelling ebook on e-readers, smart phones, tablet computers (iPads and Androids), laptop computers, and desktop computers. It is also compatible with Kindle readers.

Videotelling is for all practising teachers with an interest in the use of video and story in the face-to-face or virtual classroom. This includes the following:

• Language teachers (especially English language teachers) 

• Primary teachers

• Secondary teachers

• CLIL teachers (Content and language integrated learning)

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