Tip #1 - All Gmail users have YouTube channels
So many Gmail users do not realize this fact. Uploading videos to YouTube accounts are just a login away using a Gmail username and password.
Tip #2 - Use SafeShare or ViewPure for viewing in the classroom
There are more safe view sites out there but these are the two I use most often. It works by pasting the URL of the YouTube video to create a safe link. This way there are no videos on the side with inappropriate content. With ViewPure, the user can also set the specific start time for the video to begin as well as add a password to access the video.
Tip #3 - Using Video Manager in YouTube
There are a lot of ways to edit YouTube videos but the one that might be of most interest to teachers is the enhancement feature allowing the user to blur all faces in the video. This will obscure the identities of individuals within the video. Now keep in mind videos can be set to private, but there are some instances in which a teacher might want to share and yet keep student identities private.
Tip #4 - Add Closed Captioning to Videos
Another editing feature in YouTube is to add closed captioning to videos. This might be a great feature for students with disabilities or for students needing extra assistance with reading. Close captioning is a great way to help students with tracking problems.
I know many districts across the country are still not allowing teachers access to YouTube. The main reason our district did not allow access was not so much about the content and more about bandwidth. Therefore, I hope to see an increase in the use of this wonderful tool in the next few years. YouTube as a plethora of resources that can help teach almost any topic.
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