YouTube provides free, unlimited access to tens of thousands of videos of high quality educational content and has the potential to be one of the most valuable education resources for students and teachers.
The challenge is finding the most useful and highest quality content amidst the “other” content that distracts kids from using YouTube as a learning channel. Fortunately Google recognized this problem and has just launched a solution called YouTube for Schools.
This blog post on YouTube further explains:
We’ve been hearing from teachers that they want to use the vast array of educational videos on YouTube in their classrooms, but are concerned that students will be distracted by the latest music video or cute cat, or a video that wasn’t appropriate for students. While schools that restrict access to YouTube may solve this distraction concern, they also limit access to hundreds of thousands of educational videos on YouTube that could help bring photosynthesis to life, or show what life was like in ancient Greece.
YouTube is trying to make the site an open conversation. Teachers can suggest new playlists and comments to help further integrate YouTube in the classroom. Highlights of the changes are summarized in this new video:
Does this new school-friendly version of YouTube hold possibilites for your classroom?