We've noticed that there is a lot of good science content on YouTube. Schools, however, may be reluctant to provide students with unrestricted access to YouTube because much of the content can be distracting or downright inappropriate for students. To get around this problem, Google has been offering YouTube for Schools, a tool that gives schools the ability to access a broad set of educational videos on YouTube EDU and to select the specific videos that are accessible from within their school networks.
Launched in December of 2011, YouTube for Schools provides schools access to hundreds of thousands of free educational videos from YouTube EDU, which features a broad range of educational content across three learning segments: primary and secondary; college and university; and lifelong learning. These videos come from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED as well as from up-and-coming YouTube partners with millions of views, like Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science and Numberphile. .
Participating schools get access to all of the YouTube EDU content, but teachers and administrators can also create playlists of videos that are viewable only within their school's network. Essentially this makes YouTube for Schools a customizable portal that helps curate education materials and videos. If you are interested in trying it, Google offers a wealth of tutorials and support materials to help you get started.
21 Sep 2012 3:20 PM