YouTube in the Classroom

Jim Sill, a Google certified trainer and high school teacher, has some great tips and tricks for using YouTube in the classroom.

  1. Turn on safety mode: Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page > look for Safety mode OFF > click OFF and change it to ON > click Save. Now videos with mature content or age restrictions will not show up. If you are logged in, you can lock safety mode on.
  2. Turn off commenting and video responses: To avoid foul-mouthed comments or offensive video responses, disable those features in YouTube. For videos you have already uploaded, sign in > go to My Videos (under your username) > Edit > Don’t allow comments > Don’t allow video responses > Save changes. Choose these same settings when you upload new videos to YouTube.
  3. Embed a playlist in Blackboard (or another website): To avoid the “suggestions” that come at the end of an embedded YouTube video, make a playlist of related videos then embed the whole playlist into Blackboard. This is very slick. See my video below for how to!
  4. Add captions to your videos: For videos you have already uploaded, sign in > go to My Videos (under your username) > Edit > click the Captions and Subtitles tab > Download the English Machine Transcription > edit the file (because there will be mistakes!) > save the file. Then click Add New Captions or Transcript button > and browse to the file you just saved > upload file. Your text will appear as captions when you view the video and click the cc (closed captioning) button.

Here is a link to YouTube Help: http://www.google.com/support/youtube/

Here is a link to Jim Sill’s site: http://sites.google.com/site/mistersill/google-goodness/youtube-in-the-classroom

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