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Using short video clips in the classroom is a great way to get students engaged. It's also a great way to give students access or a view of things that they might not be able to see inside of an actual classroom setting. YouTube, which is a Google powered application, is a great way to bring these video clips to your students. However, there's also some concerns with using YouTube inside of the educational environment. At the end of a video, even though you have chosen the video to watch, Google might recommend visibly on the screen some other videos to check out. Those videos may or may not appropriate for the classroom.
So you have to be careful when using YouTube with your students. One way to get around this is to use YouTube channels. Lets go ahead and subscribe to a YouTube educational channel, so we can make sure we are using YouTube in the best possible sense inside of our classroom. To access YouTube, log into your Google Apps for Eduction Account, click on More, and select YouTube from the drop-down menu. When you first come to YouTube, YouTube iss going to recommend some videos just based on the overall popularity of how they're doing on YouTube. To change this, we're going to add some subscriptions. To do that, we'll click on the Add Channels on the left-hand side under Subscriptions.
The first subscription I'd recommend adding is the actual Education subscription. Google has gone through and created some basic categories by combining videos that fit a similar trend. One of those categories is in fact Education, and Google has been careful to put only put educational features into this category. I'm going to highlight the red icon with the book on it, and go ahead and click it to get some additional information. If this channel seems like something that would be appropriate for my classroom, I can go ahead and click Subscribe. Now even if the Education channel is not something that's appropriate for your classroom, I'd recommend subscribing anyways.
One of the reasons is that Google can pull from the Education channel to recommend videos to you. There's so many different videos in this particular topic that you never know exactly what they recommend. And you might find something new that's beneficial to your students. Also on the right-hand side, Google can now recommend some other channels for you, such as content-specific ones. Because I'm a science teacher, I'm going to go ahead and also subscribe to the Science channel. So now when I'm using YouTube inside the classroom, I'm going to start by clicking on one of my subscriptions. Here, I have the opportunity to search for and watch videos that are specific to the sciences.
In addition to that, at the end of this video, YouTube is only going to recommend to me videos that are from the Science category. The same thing goes with any ads that are displayed on the screen. They'll all be appropriate to the Science category of education, and appropriate for your classroom. I highly recommend that you take the time searching through subscriptions that are perfect for your classroom to help make sure that YouTube is being used properly inside of the educational environment.
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