Numerous teaching and learning blogs announced the big news today that YouTube is beginning to offer an education-only site of videos appropriate for use in the classroom. This site will 1) disable all comments (so there will be no distraction from other viewers’ inappropriate comments), 2) offer only related videos on topic as suggestions of similar videos (no content will be suggested that can distract students from learning), and 3) “beef up” its K-12 content, much of which will be aligned to the Common Core Standards.
In addition YouTube also reported partnering with education content-creators by investing in 100 channels that will produce original material exclusive to YouTube. This material will not be available on other video sites.
Schools need to sign up to access this service in order to receive an authentication key that will allow them to modify the YouTube URL address for the videos.
Additional advantages of this initiative include:
- School network settings can now allow teachers and students the ability to access hundreds of thousands of free educational and learning videos while still filtering access to the general YouTube site.
- School administrators and teachers can log in to watch any video in order to customize the content available in their school.
- Hundreds of playlists of videos organized by subject and grade have been developed by YouTube. These playlists can help teachers spend less time searching for the “right” video.
- In addition, teachers can create their own playlists of videos that are viewable only within their school’s network.
- Students cannot log in to the general YouTube site. They can only watch YouTube EDU videos plus videos their school has added.
- All comments and related videos are disabled. Search features are limited to YouTube EDU videos.
Video presentation on this initiative
YouTube’s Teacher’s channel – to learn how to use videos in the classroom
Suggestions of other videos from education organizations can also be found here.