YouTube may be the single most powerful educational tool available to teachers. The Google-owned search engine hosts a limitless collection of educational video content from respected outlets including Google Education, NASA, TED, and Edutopia.
But many school administrations choose to block YouTube over the platform’s negative aspects (inappropriate content and dangerous interactions in the comment sections) and restrict teachers from using videos to supplement their lessons.
There's a version of YouTube that you probably haven't heard of.
Is YouTube blocked in your school? Are you looking to build an argument to convince your administration to unblock YouTube or a safe version to use with your kids at home?
In 2015, Google launched YouTube for Schools, which is a version of the website that allows administrators to restrict content on managed networks. As long as a user is on the school’s Wi-Fi network, she can only access educational YouTube content, while inappropriate videos and advertisements and all comments are completely restricted.
This simple fix will open your classroom to hundreds of thousands of hours of amazing educational video content.
Is it worth lobbying your administration over YouTube?
Yes. And here are a few reasons to help you explain why:
YouTube is easily the most powerful online education tool available today—and it's free!
Students are more engaged by video content than by verbal explanations alone.
Students can create and share videos on YouTube to demonstrate their understanding of a topic.
Any lesson can be supplemented with the inclusion of high-quality video content.
Teachers can access a large library of Professional Development content.
YouTube for schools is safe for the classroom and free and easy to implement.
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Mike Christiansen is a 9th grade social studies teacher at Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, WA who uses YouTube in his classroom to transform it into a 21st-century learning environment.
Do you have any questions about or awesome ideas for using YouTube in your classroom? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Anthony Persico
Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.