Monday, March 20, 2017

3 Tips for Teachers Starting a YouTube Channel

Did you know that all BISD teachers have access to a YouTube channel using their BISD Google login? Channels are a great way to organize and share instructional videos. Educators can leverage a YouTube channel to help students and flip classroom content.

Personalize YouTube Channels

Channels can be shared with students, parents, and co-workers. Teachers can create a channel for instructional content pertaining to a specific subject or concept. Some educators create a separate channel for student videos. Branding your YouTube channel begins with a channel name and channel art.  Begin by visiting YouTube and login using your BISD Google login located on the top right hand corner.  After signing in, view the left hand pane to access My Channel. If you don't yet have a channel, you'll see a prompt to create a channel.

To add additional YouTube channels or to create a channel using another name, select your Google account name and photo, YouTube settings. YouTube channel settings is located on the gear located under your Google account name. After launching YouTube settings, ​you can create a new channel. You will need to verify your account via text message or voice call and enter a verification code.

Organize Content via Playlists

Users can create a playlist using their own video content or by adding YouTube videos found on other YouTube channels. A great way to start a YouTube channel is simply by locating and organizing video resources already on YouTube. Users can adjust playlist privacy settings, select videos to appear in a certain order, and allow others users to embed videos, and share content.  How do you create a playlist? 
  1. Select My Channel
  2. Select Playlists.
  3. Select New playlist.
  4. Enter your playlist name.
  5. Access the drop down box to select the desired privacy setting. If private is selected, the playlist will not be searchable withing YouTube.
  6. Choose Create.

Add Collaborators to Playlists

Did you know that you can add a collaborator to your playlists? Consider partnering with another teacher on your team to populate playlists. To add a collaborator to a playlist on a computer, go to the Playlists page. 
  1. Get there by clicking your account icon in the top right > Creator Studio. 
  2. On the left, click Video Manager > Playlists.
  3. Next to the playlist you want to collaborate on, click Edit.
  4. Click Share.
  5. Check the box that says "Allow people with the link to add videos."
  6. Copy the unique link for your playlist and share it with the people you want to collaborate with.
When videos are added or removed from the playlist or new collaborators join, the playlist owner will get a notification. To learn about creating and sharing YouTube playlists, check out the video below. 

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