All schools can now use the YouTube educational video site, youtube.com/education, without having to jump over Internet filtering hurdles.
For schools that choose to opt in to the YouTube for Schools Program, YouTube will redirect Web users who go to the site straight over to youtube.com/education. On this portion of the site, all comments are disabled and the only related videos are those that can be found in the Education portal of the site. The option has been created for parents, teachers, and administrators who fear children will be exposed to inappropriate materials on the site.
Teachers can choose from the hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube EDU created by more than 600 partners like the Smithsonian, TED, Steve Spangler Science, and Numberphile.
After two months of piloting the YouTube For Schools program with more than 100 schools across the country, the program is now available to any school that wants to use it. Schools can sign up at youtube.com/schools.
And as promised, the site has been beefed up with content specific to K-12 education -- thousands of more videos curated by teachers that align with Common Core Standards, according to Angela Lin, head of YouTube Edu. More than 200 playlists have been designated by subject -- math, science, social studies, and English language arts -- and by grade level. Teachers can find them listed out at youtube.com/teachers, the site launched in September that shows teachers how to use videos in classrooms. Teachers can also suggest their own education playlist on the site.