4 Tips for Using YouTube in the Classroom

I am so excited to once again participate in this month’s Bright Ideas Link Up with some talented teachers from across the globe. I thought I’d share an idea based on questions I receive a lot about using YouTube in the classroom.

This week I had a teacher contact me in desperate need of help! She was panicking! She had uploaded a video of her students performing their grade level PTA program. She wanted her parents, grandparents, and others to have access to the performance anytime, anywhere. However, once the video stopped playing she noticed inappropriate content displayed after the video. Not knowing what to do she asked for my help. So here are 5 tips for using YouTube in the classroom.

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.

How do you use YouTube in the classroom? What tips do you have that might be of interest? If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on FacebookPinterest or Twitter for more helpful classroom tips. For more bright ideas from 150 different bloggers, please browse through the link up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!


  1. says

    Hi Jen!

    I have never heard of SafeShare or ViewPure before! I hate those extra videos that show up on the side though and am always worried that there may be something inappropriate when I am showing videos to my students. Thanks for showing those great sites!

    Lessons with Laughter

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