Tips, Tricks, and Guidelines
With YouTube now unblocked at Charlottesville High School, here’s a quick guide to get you started with using YouTube. If you have any questions about using YouTube (including the ability to embed YouTube videos in Moodle, Prezis, or other websites; create your own YouTube “channel”; subscribe to playlists, etc…) please contact your ITRT.
(1) Please remember that you signed an AUP and the specifications in that document.
(2) Every click made on the CCS network is stored on the server’s memory.
(3) Please remind students about ethical and appropriate use.
(4) Please remember to preview YouTube material before using the site in a teaching-learning moment. You are our most important and effective firewall for appropriate material on the internet.
(5) Please monitor student use of technology while students are under your supervision. Going to inappropriate places on the internet is not a technology issue, but a student discipline/teacher supervision issue.
- Please be aware of the content of your video, as well as the “related-videos” on the side, and the comments from other users below. There are ways to turn off those features to focus attention on your clip, and avoid questionable content in those other areas. Please see the links below for more on this.
YouTube: Fast Facts
- In November 2006, YouTube, was bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and now operates as a subsidiary of Google.
- In May 2010, it was reported that YouTube was serving more than two billion videos a day, which it described as “nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major US television networks combined.”
- YouTube says that 24 hours of new videos are uploaded to the site every minute, and that around three quarters of the material comes from outside the United States.
- It is estimated that in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000.
- YouTube is the third most visited website on the Internet, behind Google and Facebook.
*statistics from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YouTube and http://youtube.com
YouTube has a Safety-Mode which helps protect viewers from questionable content. It also helps block related videos and comments that could be inappropriate for the classroom. “An example of this type of content might be a newsworthy video that contains graphic violence such as a political protest or war coverage.”
It’s easy to opt in to Safety Mode: Just click on the link at the bottom of any video page. You can even lock your choice on that browser with your YouTube password.
For more info: http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?&answer=174084
Using YouTube in the Classroom
- http://www.watchknow.org/ A collection of education videos, sorted by topic and grade level. Many of the videos are hosted on YouTube.
- http://www.youtube.com/edu Hundreds of Colleges and Universities have set up their own channels. You can search by topic or keyword.
- http://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy http://khanacademy.org Khan Academy–one of the sites mentioned by Alan November. A huge collection of video lessons by subject—lots of math, science, and economics lessons.
- http://yttm.tv/ YouTube Time-Machine. Historical videos, by year, from 1900-2010. You can search for commercials, movie-clips, TV, music, news, sports, etc.
- http://www.classroom20.com/profiles/blogs/649749:BlogPost:177332 100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers—arranged by content area plus some pedagogy and inspirational videos as well.
- http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=oculture OpenCulture’s channel—from Stanford University.
- http://www.edutopia.org/educational-video-picks Weekly educational videos from Edutopia—most are hosted on YouTube.
- http://www.youtube.com/user/RobbWorld This high school math teacher recently gained a lot of media attention when he uploaded over 500 videos for Algebra and Calculus.
- http://www.onlineschools.org/2009/11/18/100-great-moments-in-american-history-you-can-catch-on-youtube/ 100 clips for US History.
- http://mashable.com/2010/08/29/inspirational-youtube-videos/#view-as-one-page 10 Historic videos (Fall of Berlin Wall, “I Have A Dream” speech, Wright Brothers, etc.)
If you would like all of this in a 2-page pdf to download and pass on to your teachers and students, please click here.