Getting Going With YouTube

Session Description: Create your own Youtube Channel and start harnessing the power of YouTube for learning with YouTube Star Teacher, Patrick Green. Spark conversations and inspire students with the short lessons from top-tier universities and global thought leaders. Search for age appropriate teacher generated resources aligned to the curriculum. Learn to aggregate content to your channel and curate your own collections of playlists. Share videos and playlists by embedding them on your blog or class website.

What have you learned from YouTube?

Why Video? Why YouTube ‎(Redondo)‎

YouTube’s Education Efforts

What to Watch

YouTube customizes your "start page" based on what it thinks you want to watch.

  • YouTube EDU- High quality educational videos for students of all ages, created by top educators and institutions around the world.
  • 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 Digital Citizenship - an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students in educating about digital citizenship, and being responsible community members.
  • 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

***Nominate an Educator Here:

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

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

  • 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
  • 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.

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).

Advanced Task - One Channel Setup

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


Curate 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

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.

When you've got a playlist with at least 6 videos, claim your #gettinggoing badge by submitting your playlist here.