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