YouTube For Schools Brings Thousands Of Free Educational Videos, No Non-Sense Content To Classrooms [Video]!
In an effort to promote digital education particularly involving the use of internet videos in classrooms, YouTube has just launched YouTube for Schools. The primary idea behind this is to provide only educational content to students and schools and not any irrelevant media.
This YouTube achieved by developing a new network setting that allows only YouTube for EDU content to be displayed. So, the probability of a viral video or a cute cat showing up in the search results through this portal is as good as zero.
YouTube for EDU carries content from some of the reputed educational partners (around 600 in total) including Smithsonian, TED, Steve Spangler Science, and Numberphile.YouTube believes introducing videos to classrooms this way would make the classroom experience engaging, entertaining and at the same time, productive.
With this, accessing YouTube in schools can also be advantageous since it brings along playlists tailored exclusively for teachers using YouTube in the classroom for playing the incessantly growing library of free educational videos.
Furthermore, there are hundreds of playlists broken down in different subjects including Math, Science, Social Studies, English and Language Arts for each. These videos are further segregated by the grade level.
As Brian Truong, YouTube’s Project Manager explains:
“We’ve been hearing from teachers that they want to use the vast array of educational videos on YouTube in their classrooms, but are concerned that students will be distracted by the latest music video or a video of a cute cat, or a video that might not be appropriate for students.
YouTube for Schools is just the latest initiative in our ongoing efforts to make YouTube a truly valuable educational resource, and to inspire learners around the world with programs like YouTube Space Lab. ”
It is interesting to see YouTube join the bandwagon of sites that help to provide educational content to users. Another such effort recently came from fast-growing Khan Academy of Bollywood Actor Salman Khan that focuses on bringing only educational content from a variety of subjects and themes. The academy also has an iPhone app for users to get their class room content directly on their iPhone or iPad Touch.
Expect YouTube to launch a tailor-made iOS app for YouTube for Schools sometime soon.