YouTube for Schools: A Good Bet for the Future?

You might remember a time when YouTube was, like its friend Facebook, the bad kid in the schoolyard. Those days might just be over for the video-sharing website once best known for documenting fistfights and piano-playing cats.

In March, The New York Times published a story about Google’s new tool, YouTube for Schools. Thought you’d never hear the words “YouTube” and “schools” together in the same sentence? Largely because of the support of tech-savvy teachers, YouTube has introduced a new tool that permits school districts to use a “gated” version of the website. With it, teachers and administrators are able to view all videos on YouTube, but students can’t log in, at least not in school. Still, the tool allows them to watch YouTube EDU videos like Khan Academy, PBS, TED Talks and Steven Spangler Science, along with videos posted by their school district.

This is a major step forward for YouTube. The site has gradually transformed its reputation by introducing YouTube EDU several years ago in a partnership with the country’s major universities, then by working closely with the fabulous Khan Academy to make its videos accessible to the world. Already, a number of school districts around the country have signed up YouTube for Schools, including the Chicago Public Schools.

Go to YouTube for Schools to learn more about signing up. To view some of the YouTube channels your teachers are just dying to use in the classroom, check out Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science, PBS, Stanford University or TED Talks. You’ll find it hard to step away from the computer. Then advocate on behalf of your teachers, if necessary.

YouTube for Teachers is another useful resource, which includes hundreds of video playlists, organized by subject and grade, with many aligned to common core standards.

Here’s a video explanation of YouTube for Schools:

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About Evelyn McCormack

Evelyn McCormack is Director of Communications at Southern Westchester BOCES in suburban New York, and a frequent presenter on the subject of using social media as a public relations tool. She also serves as Vice President at Large for Communication Technology and Innovation for the National School Public Relations Association.

5 thoughts on “YouTube for Schools: A Good Bet for the Future?

  1. Hi Delaina:

    Sorry it took me a while to respond! Here is what Google is saying about YouTube for Schools:

    “Each school and district may have a different kind of filtering system, but this will allow schools that block YouTube at the domain level to access it through YouTube.com/education, according to Angela Lin, head of YouTube Edu.”

    So you sign up for an account for your school, but it’s specially tailored to keep everything out except edu videos and your own district videos that are uploaded. You might still have to give your IT team the heads up or get their cooperation.

    Here’s a link to an Education News story about it:

    http://www.educationnews.org/technology/youtube-education-site-will-clear-school-internet-filters/

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