According to YouTube, its hundreds of millions of users upload 48 hours of content every minute, resulting in nearly 8 years’ worth of content every day. The learning possibilities of such an enormous amount of free, accessible material are incredible. Unfortunately, the educational gems are often buried under cute cat videos at best, inappropriate or obscene material at worst. Which is why we usually refer educators to school-friendly, “closed” sites like SchoolTube to find quality videos to include in their Glogs. (When you click on “video” in the Glog edit tool, you’ll see the option to search through SchoolTube videos within the editor for easy drag-and-drop access. You can also copy/paste the link to embed it in your Glog.)
But now YouTube offers its very own YouTube for Schools, which allows educators and students to access hundreds of thousands of videos from reputable educational organizations like Stanford, PBS, TED, and Khan Academy. Search is limited to YouTube EDU, a subsection of YouTube with only education-related content. Schools can configure their network to allow content from YouTube EDU and block all other YouTube content. YouTube offers in-depth instructions on how to do that here.
Read the recent New York Times article about YouTube for Schools, or check out their teacher channel for videos broken down by subject and grade level.
Do you currently use YouTube in your teaching practice, or does your school block access? Will you use YouTube for Schools, or stick to your tried-and-true video sites? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.