Link to YouTube Premiere: https://youtu.be/cgag8J-AShU
Note: If you already subscribe to our channel and have notifications on, you’ll be notified of the premiere starting.
Q&A about Our YouTube Premiere
Come celebrate reaching the one million subscribers milestone with us! If you're new to YouTube Premiere and want to understand how it works, check out the info below!
Why the celebration for this milestone?
Reaching the milestone of 1,000,000 subscribers results in a YouTube creator award known as the "Gold Play Button." We never imagined making this milestone, and we are just so grateful to our subscribers for helping us reach this point. If you'd like to learn more about our milestones, check out our milestone page here. If you'd like to learn more about our channel, check out our page here.
What is a YouTube Premiere?
It's like a "watch party" on YouTube that you join just by going to the YouTube link. The video is pre-recorded, but we are all there live watching it together at the same spot in time. When you join, it will be playing live. In addition, there will be a live chat window that is up before the video plays and stays up during the video as well.
So you will be joining the live chat 30 minutes before the video actually starts?
Yes, the live chat typing window will be available before the video premieres, and we will join the live chat at the time listed on the graphic at the top of the page (about 30 minutes before the video actually plays).
Tell me more about the live chat. Does it involve a webcam?
No! Neither you nor us will be on a webcam. The live chat is a chat box that you type into. You must be logged in to your YouTube/Google account in order to type anything. On a computer, the live chat shows on the right. On a mobile device, you'll see it underneath the video near the share button.
What kind of things do you talk about in the live chat?
Well, we want to let everyone know how appreciative we are of our subscribers!! We might talk about some of our favorite videos, and we'd like to know yours too. We may also talk about our journey, and we want to hear about your teaching or studying. Please feel free to ask questions! While we won't likely be able to answer all of them, we'll be able to pick up a few.
Do you moderate the live chat?
We have volunteer moderators that do. There's a filter on the live chat as well. However, neither of those things are perfect. If you notice something that violates YouTube's community guidelines that shows up in the live chat, you can also flag a comment to help our moderators. Remember best practices when chatting on any public platform: you should never give personal information such as your full name, address, phone number, etc. If we see that, we remove it and the user's future posts will no longer show in the live chat.
Then the video actually plays at 8pm CT on April 6, 2021?
Yes, there will be a 2 minute countdown, and then the video will play. The live chat window will stay up and we will still be present on the live chat, but since we want you to enjoy the video, we likely won't be typing much at that point.
What if I join late?
You can join in late! Just know that when you join, since it's playing "live," it will bring you to the same point in the video as everyone else.
What if I miss it but still want to see it?
If you subscribe to our channel and have your notifications on, you’ll be notified of the premiere starting! But if you can't make it, the video posts like a normal video after playing live. The link will not change, and you can view it anytime afterwards.
Link to YouTube Premiere: https://youtu.be/cgag8J-AShU
This year, 2020, has been such a challenging year, and we've gotten some questions regarding the PDF format we tend to use. How might it work with remote students that need to digitally annotate on the PDF files?
Before we talk about options, we want to explain a few reasons we originally decided on the PDF format. The first reason is that they are universal file types: nearly all devices and operating systems can open a PDF without distorting any of the images/text whereas other file types are sometimes only optimized for certain devices or operating systems. The second reason we chose the PDF format is that the format helps protect our images and text on the handouts. We unfortunately have had our illustrations and text taken and used on items that are sold by others on TpT, and the work involved getting those removed online takes away from our time creating.
Here are some options that we've suggested to teachers regarding digitally annotating on PDFs- as we do want our resources to be useful for educational use.
1. There are several tools available that function as Chrome extensions or apps that allow for direct annotating on PDFs as well as some other forms of interactivity. The ones we list on our website are Kami and DocHub. We have found that a web search of "DocHub for teachers," has pulled up some articles written by educators about how that tool can be useful for writing on PDFs and working with Google products. We know that DocHub has been a popular Chrome extension for this purpose as it allows users to directly annotate on PDFs. However, we do want to emphasize we're not affiliated with Kami or DocHub or any outside edtech tool, so we only know that these are PDF writing tools that have been popular with many teachers. We know it may also depend on whether the district approves of a specific tool.
2. Another option is that the teacher can consider creating a single google form if permitted by the school/district. If just creating one google form, it can work for all students and for multiple of our recap handouts too. The form can ask for the student's first name + last initial, class period, the name of the Amoeba Sisters handout (so the same form can be used multiple times as the teacher can sort responses by handout name), and a space for students to write in their answers when they look at the handout. The results from the form could then be sorted by student or handout. Our page here has a screenshot at the very bottom to show an example Google form.
We think there is quite a bit of room for innovation with PDFs. So far, in addition to Kami and DocHub, we have a few other PDF editing programs and apps on our list to check out that teachers have shared with us including Microsoft OneNote, Notability, PDF Expert app, and Classkick. We have not yet explored these, but they are on our list as we are always searching for better ways for our content to be useful.
This post was last updated September 15, 2021.
How do I submit a translation for your YouTube videos?
We ask for our community's help to submit translations on our new Google Form here. It follows a similar procedure to YouTube's Community Contributed Subtitle feature before that feature was removed by YouTube in September 2020.
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