Recording and Publishing Through Youtube
Conceptual Understanding: Creating and sharing video content online is a skill that teachers and students can learn
Creating a YouTube Account – to be done before workshop
Recording and Publishing
Activity 1 & 2: Finish recording and publish
YouTube Breakout Sessions for those unfamiliar with YouTube
YouTube has three options for privacy settings: public, unlisted, and private. Which setting you use depends on your audience. As a teacher, it's safe to set the video to "public". This gives you the greatest visibility, because your video will show up in search results, and it's accessible by your students without needing to have the URL of the video or a special password. When students are sharing videos with me, I generally suggest that they use the "unlisted" setting. This way, we don't have to remember a lot of passwords, and their work is reasonably private, meaning their video will not show up unless they've shared the link. I generally don't suggest using the private setting, because requiring a password adds an extra level of complication that makes it difficult to view and share videos, and that level of protection is generally unnecessary for educational videos. Reserve the "private" setting for personal videos.
YouTube classifies videos into different categories. I suggest labelling your video as "educational" so that it is grouped with other educational videos. This is important because the classification is how YouTube knows which videos to suggest on their recommended videos on the right. These recommended videos might be valuable suggestions of educational videos that are related to the content of your video, which are valuable learning extensions for your students.
Sharing the link with students
There are two easy ways to share a link to your video. First, you can click the "share" option beneath your video. There are several options here. The easiest way to share a video is to copy and paste the link to a website that your students visit, or email the link to your students.
You have an additional option of clicking "start at" to set a time in the video where you want it to begin playing. This feature is useful if you are sharing a link with your students from a very long video, where you only want them to watch a small portion of it. If you click on the "embed" option, you can copy and paste the code to a webpage, such as Wordpress or Blogger, and it will embed your video directly into the webpage with the YouTube player.
There's also the option to email a link from within YouTube. If you are emailing the video to multiple students, it is easier to copy and paste the link into an email using the email client that you are most comfortable using.
Accessing your videos
To access your videos, click on the drop-down arrow next to your name in the upper right-hand corner and select "video manager". This is also how you access other administrative options in YouTube, if you need to change your settings or access other options features within YouTube.
Creating a playlist
Once you have several videos, it's a good idea to organize them into playlists. This might also help if you have several different classes that you are creating videos for. You have the option to send a video to a playlist when you upload it, but if you'd like to send a video to a playlist after you've uploaded it, in "video manager" you can select "Add to" to send videos to an existing playlist, or to create a new playlist. You can view your playlists and make changes to the settings by selecting the "Playlists" option on the upper left from the main screen of your YouTube account.
YouTube for Schools
If you are on a school network that doesn't allow YouTube, you might have your IT department look into enabling YouTube for Schools. YouTube for Schools allows schools to select which educational videos will be allowed from within their school network. If you would like to set up YouTube for Schools, contact your network administrator and point them to this website for additional information. http://www.youtube.com/schools
Once you've added your videos to YouTube, you might be curious to see who's watching them. This is called "analytics"… watching your hit counter can be addictive!
You can also share your YouTube videos in several places online. YouTube teacher, YouTube education, TedEd, etc...
An nice example from Nathan, a past participant of Flip workshop.
Activity 1: Add your video produced in the last session to YouTube. Create a playlist. Send a link to the other participants so that they can view it.
Activity 2: Post a reflection based on these questions
- What do you like about using YouTube?
- What frustrations did you run into using YouTube?
- How did you direct others to find your YouTube videos? Was it successful? Could you monitor the activity?
- What did you think this was going to be like before you started, and then what was it really like?
- What are the implications for your IT and academic honesty policies?