I love Youtube but it really isn’t suitable for teachers to use on the fly.
Luckily, the above video and side videos doesn’t have anything inappropriate but that rarely is the case for me. For example, my students wanted to see a commercial using “Carol of the Bells” played by NBA players that they had heard about. It is a cool video but, the one time I tried to watch it on the fly, there was an inappropriate commercial before the video AND videos on the side that I wouldn’t want seen by my students. I don’t know. Maybe I’m a little on the censorship side? It’s only because I don’t want to get in trouble.
DISCLAIMER: Be wary of copyright issues. Don’t claim anything is your own if it’s not. These are things I use in my classroom or for personal use.
Anyway, here are my suggestions to enhance your Youtube experience.
1.) Sites to filter out those annoying advertisements, comments, and the like
SafeShare.tv gives you the option to “Dim Lights” like you’re in a theatre which limits the distractions even more.
Safeshare.tv also allows you to download the video which is pretty great for when the internet isn’t dependable and/or you want to embed them in your lesson plans.
2.) Sites to Watch a Specific Part of a Video and/or Chop a Video
Youtube Time allows you to pinpoint a specific starting point in a video and save a URL to that specific point.
TubeChop allows you to pinpoint not only a starting point but an ending point as well. This works well for long videos or videos that have inappropriate scenes.
3.) Sites to Isolate the Audio of a Video Clip
YouTubemp3 allows you to download just the audio of a video clip. This is handy.
Safeshare.tv also allows you to download just the audio among the many other options.
4.) My Fav Site for Organizing Videos
I realize that it takes a lot of seemingly unnecessary work to find a video, filter it through a website such as SafeShare or ViewPure, and chop to the part of the video you want BUT, if you plan to use the video more than once, the time is totally worth it. To organize videos, I use Symbaloo.
I use Symbaloo every day for different purposes. The board above is my Dance board which the kids adore.
I also use it as my homepage with all my starting links for each day: email, ClassDojo, Gradebook, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
5.) Tools for Creating Lessons from Your Videos
I’ve spoken and blogged about the greatness of Zaption a couple times but it just really is that great. Zaption allows you to add interactive elements to any video you find on Youtube, Vimeo, and pretty much any video hosting site. Plus, you get analytics and feedback from the questions you ask and other features of the video.
There are other sites that do this well but Zaption is my go-to. There is also:
So, there you have it. Hopefully, these sites and tools will help YOU enhance your Youtube experience. What other tools can you add to this list.