Harnessing YouTube

Session Description: Create your own Youtube Channel and start harnessing the power of YouTube for learning with a YouTube Star Teacher. Spark conversations and inspire students with the short lessons from top-tier universities and global thought leaders hosted at Youtube/EDU. Search for age appropriate teacher generated resources aligned to the curriculum at YouTube/Teachers. Learn to aggregate content to your home page and curating your own collections of playlists. Share videos and playlists by embedding them in on your blog or class website.

What have you learned from YouTube?

YouTube’s Education Efforts

  • YouTube EDU- High quality educational videos for students of all ages, created by top educators and institutions around the world.
  • YouTube for Teachers- Site with subject and competency specific playlists that helps teachers learn how to use YouTube effectively in class.
  • YouTube for Schools- Domain setting that gives schools restricted access to high quality educational videos, channels, and playlists for students of all ages INTRO VIDEO
  • YouTube TED-Ed Original video content that marries the talent of great teachers with top animators to bring concepts like neuroscience to life in in short videos, typically 5 minutes long. INTRO VIDEO and TEDEd Website Tour
  • YouTube Digital Citizenship - an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students in educating about digital citizenship, and being responsible community members.

Find the Good Stuff: Searching YouTube

Use Filters to find Videos, Playlists or Channels

Advanced Search Explained here

Have the Good Stuff Find YOU: Subscribe to Content

  • YouTube Teachers - They are organizing the work of other teachers, but they are also creating k-12 educational playlist all the time.
  • TED-Ed - Audio from incredible teachers vivified by some of the world's best animators.
  • MinutePhysics - Simply put: cool physics and other sweet science.
  • Pgreensoup’s Teacher and Student Tutorials - Okay, you caught me. This is shameless promotion of my own channel that features tutorials of technology tools used in education (and sometimes just fun videos of my two-year-old that only gramma wants to watch).
  • The Economics Classroom - Jason Welker’s video lessons for introductory Economics students, focusing on Micro, Macro and International Economics topics.
  • IB Chemisty Video Review - section by section explanations of IB Chem topics utilizing graphs, charts and even gaming videos.
  • Jay Atwood's Channel - Lots of Googley tutorials for things like spreadsheet scripts and Google Plus
  • European Student Film Festival - Go here to be wowed by the films that 9-12 graders can produce for the European Student Film Festival
  • Autograph Maths - videos of using the program Autograph to visualize maths concepts.
  • Bozeman Biology - Paul Andersen, the 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year, explains all things Biology.
  • Crash Course - The popular Vlogbrothers give weekly lessons in science and the humanities - college will never be the same again.
  • Edutopia - Inspiration and information for what works in education.
  • Deep Sky Videos - A fresh look at the strange and unimaginable depths of space; galaxies, nebulae and other objects.
  • Numberphile: A channel about amazing facts and figures that will make you love numbers.
  • The Spangler Effect - What happens when a celebrity science teacher transforms a simple experiment into an unforgettable experience.
  • Intelligent Channel - Enlightening video in partnership with educational and cultural institutions.

What to Watch

YouTube customizes your "start page" based on what it thinks you want to watch. Toggle to "social" to see the videos shared in your Google+ circles, by your Facebook friends, or by those you follow on Twitter.

Your "One Channel"

Components of your One Channel (YouTube Help's Playlist)

  • Unique Channel Art (Guidelines)
  • Links connected to other Social Networks, websites
  • Unsubscribed Trailer (to generate subscribers)
  • Sections: Uploads, Recents, Playlists, Activity, Tags, Other Channels

Activity #1

Beginner Task- Create a YouTube Account

Go to Youtube, and then sign in using your Google Account. Follow the prompts to get your channel up and running.

Intermediate Task- Start Subscribing!

Subscribe to excellent content (either my suggestions, or by searching for topics and filtering, or browse through these).

***Bonus Points - If you know of great K12 stuff that is out there, submit it here and spread the word. I'll publish the links here later.

Advanced Task - One Channel Setup

Get your "One Channel" up and running by adding artwork, links to your social networks, and tweaking sections.


Currate your own Playlists and choose the order they appear.

(YouTube playlists are groups of videos (or lists) that can be arranged in any order and are set to play one after the other)How to Create a Playlist (YouTube Support Instructions)

  1. Log in to your YouTube channel
  2. Find a video
  3. Click "Add To"
  4. From there, create a new playlist or add to an existing one

If you really, really, want to know all the ins and outs of playlists, here is an extensive post.Check out some of the playlists featured at youtube.com/education

On the right, you can see a playlist embedded on this page. Once playing, you can click "Playlist" in the upper left of the video window to see a list of all the videos in the playlist.

Here is a link to a playlist where you can view the list in the order it is set to play along with any annotations that the playlist creator included.

Activity #2 - Make a Playlist

Surely you’ve got a list of links to videos that you like to use in your classes. Take a few minutes to dig out the list and start putting them together in a playlist.

***Bonus Points

If you’ve created an AWESOME playlist (or already know of one that exists) that every teacher in your subject area would benefit from, then head on over to YouTube/Teachers and submit it for review to be posted on the site.

More Resources

YouTubeChrome Extensions For Teachers (Thanks Jim Sill and Karen Mensing)


Turn Out the Lights

Focus on Videos

Youtube Options for Chrome

Teacher Tricks for Embedding Videos

Embedd without related videos (or just Add &rel=0 to the end of the URL before embedding it)

Start at the important part