“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” —Bill Gates

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

3 Tips for YouTube Safety

Did you know YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world? Yes, coming right after Google. YouTube is a very powerful tool that is used extensively by all of us when we need to learn about something on our own. This is the type of learning that is called "just-in-time" as opposed to "just-in-case". You know it will be available exactly when you need it.

Millions of videos have been uploaded to YouTube and many more are added daily. With all this content, it is probable that you will eventually run into inappropriate content. So, here are 3 simple tips to make your experience with YouTube a safer one when it comes to sharing videos with students:

1. Search for videos in trustworthy sites
Instead of performing a regular search, try one of these video sources that focus on education.

2. "Clean up" the video before sharing or posting
These tools will eliminate ads, surrounding videos, suggested videos at the end, and crop the time by generating a new link that you can then share or post.

3. Turn Restricted Mode On.
At the bottom of any YouTube page, you'll find the Restricted Mode button. Turn it on to enable the filter that will hide videos that contain inappropriate content that have been flagged by the users. If you're logged in, you can also lock this change.