Educators who’ve been wanting to use YouTube videos in class can now find an easy way in. Today, YouTube launched its own teacher’s channel:, a guide to using videos in class.

Teachers can follow tips that show everything from organizing videos to sparking lively discussions to help struggling students through videos.

Teachers can also sign up to become part of the YouTube Teachers Community, a mailing list that allows them to share ideas and best practices.

The new teachers site is part one of two big initiatives on the part of YouTube geared towards educators. In the next couple of weeks, a bigger announcement will be made about huge changes that will address many of the concerns teachers have had about using YouTube videos (you know what they are). Stay tuned for more news in two weeks.

Until then, check out some of the new features on the teachers site, like this one, a rap video about the infamously dry subject of the Krebs cycle (that’s biochemistry, for those of us unfamiliar with the term).

  • Jenny Ashby

    Is there an app for mind shift?

    • Anonymous

      Would love to see that happen!

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else use to access video from around the web in their classroom?

  • Molokinidiver

    I have used YouTube for three years to have students view woodshop safety videos.  Now the site is blocked for students.  How would you suggest resolving this?

    • Dennis

      I don’t know about copyright (i.e., your school would need to check the legalities), but you could capture the videos with Camtasia.  From there, you can either put them on your own streaming server or school website.

      • Kyle Simon

        May not be a copyright violation but is certainly a violation of the YouTube terms of service… even if the video has a creative commons license.

    • Fraggle

      Access YouTube via Google. Select ‘videos’ in google and enter in exactly what you’re looking for. I can access all YouTube content this way in school, but site itself is blocked for direct access.

    • Peter F AUA

      Perhaps I’ve missed something, but why is YouTube blocked for students? 

  • Lisa

    There is so much valuable content on YouTube. We need to be able access existing YouTube content without having access to the questionable content. Will the teacher site do this?

    • Peter F AUA

      “without having access to the questionable content” 
      I’m not sure that this is a problem. Part of education is learning to sort value from garbage, and simply blocking garbage is not a useful, or safe, way to do that. 

      • Raven

        Peter, you are right that par tof education is learning to sort value from garbage. However, most schools fall under a federal child internet protection act that states that there must be measures to block or filter innappropriate content. This is a real problem for teachers and school administrators. Most want to provide students with access but must uphold the current law while dealing with the lack of sophistication of current filtering systems. I work with several schools am feel like my hands are tied when trying to give students and staff greater access while ensuring that students are protected.

      • Peter,  I have been involved with instructional technology as a classroom teacher, director of computer services and as an entrepreneur.  I just retired from my position as Administrator for Instructional Services and come to work at an innovative educational technology company I have known for years.

        They are committed to providing educators with solutions that help them use the resources found on the Internet and at the same time remain compliant with CIPA regulations.  The ability to filter YouTube in a granular way, blocking comments and unwanted sites is a creative solution to your problem

        You can find them at if you would like to learn more.

      • Sadjkgasdj

        I think I understand what Lisa means by questionable content; the issue is that videos with content that’s too explicit for schools can easily pop up in the ‘related videos’ section.  Some users even post content that is meant to fool teachers (ones that don’t pre-screen videos, that is.)

        I just saw the ad for the channel yesterday and after seeing that it’s five months old already, it’s a huge disappointment. There are lots of topics that are empty although the videos exist on youtube.  A site that’s owned by Google should be able to search and index its content far more effectively!

  • Janet

    This looks like a good way to help teachers use YouTube videos in a more affective and organized way but, it’s still YouTube. It would be great if there was a way to block suggested videos and viewer comments while in this area. Filtering will still be a problem.

    • Anonymous

      Stay tuned for more news on this front, Janet.

  • Prem

    I am looking for pre-School & Kindergarten contents on You Tube could some guide.

  • Christen_shoffner

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  • Christen_shoffner

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  • Fbadul

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  • Great post!

    I also came a cross for the first time a site called TeacherTube! This is excellent. The advantage was that they not only had video, but documents, powerpoints, lesson plans, audio, and groups.

    I would go check it out.

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