Before we start, however, we want to mention the role of educational videos on YouTube. Our goal is that our short videos present content that is relevant, humorous, and memorable to students--- so the teacher will have more classroom time for more important things like hands on labs, opportunities for students to create with content, and discussion time. No educational videos will ever replace the work of a great teacher.
1. Restricted Mode in YouTube
Are you an educator or parent concerned about inappropriate videos or comments in YouTube? Did you know there is a restricted mode that you can easily turn on so that these will not appear? In fact, an institution's network administrator can turn this on for an entire institution (like a school district). More info here: support.google.com/youtube/answer/174084?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
For young children, there is an app called "YouTube Kids" for Apple and Android which significantly limits what is shown. This app is very selective on what content it allows, but hooray--- you can find us on there!
2. Turn off the Pop-Up Annotations
Annotations are the pop-up messages that YouTube creators can put in their videos. Note: Annotations are not the same thing as advertisements. Sometimes annotations are helpful pieces of information or links that the creator has added, but in some videos you watch, they may be distracting in the classroom. In May 2017, YouTube stopped the ability for creators to make new annotations, but all the annotations already present will remain. You can turn off pop up annotations using the sequence in the screenshot below!
Many educational YouTube videos have captions. We do, too, for all of our videos! If you click the CC button at the bottom right of the video, you can see the captions in English. Find any mistakes? Please help us by fixing them, which will then let us know to approve. More info about how to fix them on "our videos" page.
4. Free Music from YouTube to Download and Use in Your Creations
It can be tough to find royalty free music when you or your students are creating that you can place directly into your video creations. Awesome music for video projects is offered by the YouTube Audio library. You can preview them all directly on the website before downloading! www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music
5. View a YouTube Video Transcript
By clicking on "More" and then "Transcripts," you can see the video transcript. This will also let you click anywhere in the transcript to skip to that portion of the video. (screenshot below).