YouTube for Schools: Less Distractions for Students

Being able to hold the attention of young students often proves itself a challenging task, which is why many instructors have made efforts to incorporate entertaining ways of engaging the classroom — namely, educational YouTube videos.

There are many different methods teachers use in order to drill knowledge into the minds of our future generations including games, songs, interactive activities and, apparently, many instructors have also found YouTube to be a working technique.

However, the only problem that persisted was the fact that other unrelated, distracting videos would sometimes come up during a lecture.

Fortunately, teachers no longer have to be concerned with distracting videos on YouTube to be able to successfully lecture students, as the video-sharing site has just launched YouTube for Schools.

According to pcmag.com, Brian Truong, a YouTube project manager said, “While schools that completely restrict access to YouTube may solve this distraction concern, they also limit access to hundreds of thousands of educational videos on YouTube that can help bring photosynthesis to life, or show what life was like in ancient Greece.”

“To address this issue, we’ve developed YouTube for Schools, a networking setting that school administrators can turn on to grant access to only the educational content from YouTube EDU,” Truong wrote in a blog post.

With YouTube for Schools, instructors will have free access to educational videos and be able to better inform their students on different subjects ranging from science experiments, to math help, foreign languages, university lectures and world events — historical and current.

Teachers can choose from over 400,000 educational videos to use in the classroom, which do not have comments or related videos that could divert the attention of students.

Levels of instruction include primary, secondary, university and lifelong learning.

ZDNet.com said, “YouTube has already put considerable effort into the project, which includes digital content from more than 600 partners, including the Smithsonian and TED.”

Check out the promotional video below!