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YouTube Rolls Out School-friendly Video Site

Annie Condron

 

YouTube in SchoolsYouTube has been an educational resource with tremendous potential that teachers have been wanting to tap into for years. School bans and content concerns have gotten in the way… until now.

 

With YouTube for Schools, school can block the main YouTube site while giving teachers and students access to educational videos for free.

 

The video site has created a new education section called YouTube EDU that allows schools to use educational videos from the world’s largest video sharing platform without opening the door to inappropriate or time-wasting content.  

 

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Schools can also add their own videos to their channel, customize their video playlists and keep their student video uploads private.  YouTube Teachers lets you search by grade level and subject matter.  

 

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Even if your school didn’t block YouTube before, this seems to make using the site to teach easier and less stressful for teachers (at least in theory).

  • No more worrying about a not-school-appropriate video or swear-filled comment popping up after your well-chosen educational video.
  • No more monitoring your classroom or computer lab like a hawk to keep students from wasting time on skateboarding dog videos... or worse.
  • No more wading through hundreds of irrelevant, non-educational videos to find a visual aid to suit your curriculum.

In theory, that's great. Though I did find some YouTube EDU videos that still had inappropriate language in comments, so it's certainly not a perfect tool just yet. There still aren't a ton of recommended videos that impressed me on the YouTube Teacher page, but the setup has potential. Stay on the look out and be selective as you build your playlist!

 

To check out what YouTube for Schools really offers, we checked out some of their featured educational videos. Here are some standout videos now available on YouTube EDU

 

 

 

 

 

 

YouTube for Schools sounds great in theory. What about in practice? Share your YouTube EDU experiences in the comments section!

 

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