Having a YouTube channel for your School or your individual classes is a great idea. eLearning videos can be a very powerful tool, especially for students. They help to explain difficult topics through a visual representation. Videos also help to keep students engaged in the lesson. Students can then upload their own videos to show their understanding of the lesson. This could be done by demonstrating their latest science experiment, as an example. The other great thing about YouTube is, if used safely, there is a whole load of informative videos available for free.
Firstly, you need to have a Google account if you do not have one already. It is best to create a new one for your class/school rather than use a personal one. If you do not yet have an account you just need to create an account here. Next thing you need to do is go to YouTube. If you have already signed into your Google account, when you visit YouTube you will automatically be signed in.
Next you should click on the user icon circle in the top right. Here you should select ‘Creator Studio’.
This will take you to a page that says ‘Create Channel’, you should click on this and follow the instructions through.
You will then see the below Creator Studio Dashboard. You need to click onto ‘View Channel’ which you will see just below the name of your channel.
You should then select ‘Edit Layout’.
Then, you will see the below image. This is your channel which you can customise how you wish. We would advise branding it to your school with your logo and school colours as well as a description of your school/class.
At the top of the dashboard you will see ‘Video Channel’ and this will take you to a screen where you can upload a video by clicking the upload button in the top right corner next to the bell notification icon. This will upload a video you have previously made. Or you can select ‘create’ which is one of the option on the menu on the left of the screen. This will enable you to create a video straight into YouTube.
You will also have the option to make these videos Public, Private, Unlisted and Scheduled which gives you the power over who you want to be able to see these videos. You are also able to turn comments on and off. Once the video has uploaded, you can add a title, description and tags. Then select the ‘publish’ button and the video will go live.
If your students are going to be accessing YouTube on their own in your classroom there are a few measures that you can take in order to make it safer for them. Restricted Mode is YouTube’s current parental control offering. It filters out content that has been flagged as bad or branded for adults by the creator. However YouTube has stated that this will not always be 100% effective at filtering out the bad stuff. To gain access you should log in to your google account, which you created in the previous step. Then visit YouTube.com and click on the icon in the top right corner. On this menu you will see the words ‘Restricted Mode: Off’. If you click on this you will see a toggle to enable Restricted Mode. You will be prompted to enter your password. This will lock the restricted mode to this browser only. So if you may be using other browsers then you may want to do this to each one.
If you have any other questions about the use of YouTube for education and its safety please feel free to get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 304 7444.
So today is the 7th of February which also means it is the Safer Internet Day!
For those of you who do not know, Safer Internet Day is a day that aims to raise awareness on internet safety and to really promote it throughout schools. The day itself can involve guest speakers advising your students or group activities and lesson plans on online safety. The Safety Internet Centre want you to get involved this year by taking the Safer Internet Day Quiz or joining the #SID2017 Social Media Campaign! Take a look on their website to find out what else you can do to be a part of 2017’s Safer Internet Day.
Safer Internet Day has been created by the UK Safer Internet Centre. They are a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL. Their main focus is to raise awareness to children and parents of a safe internet and also to provide advice and support to them. They also provide a support line which aides professionals who are working with young children with online safety issues. Lastly, they provide a helpline which is a safe place where people can report any dangerous cases, whilst remaining anonymous.
If you want any advice from your local IT support team, get in contact with us today to find out how you can make your computers extra safe for your students!
O2 and the NSPCC have joined together to create something magnificent. They have launched an app that has been made for parents to keep their children safe online.
It is very difficult to keep up to date on all the new social media networks and apps that your children are using. That is why NSPCC and O2 have put together a guide for parents on the latest social networking apps.
Net Aware is a guide for the social network’s that your children may be using. NSPCC and O2 worked with over 500 parents and 1,725 young people in order to review which social network sites were being used by children. The Net Aware guide has been specified for parents of children aged 8-12 years.
Each social media app that has been reviewed has its own individual guide. The guide consists of multiple sections on what parents need to know about these social apps. Included in the guide is what people are saying about each social media app, what the correct age is and whether the content is suitable for the age range of 8-12 years. Each guide also has some advice on how to approach your child to talk about these issues surrounding social media.
Net Aware was originally launched in January of 2015 and has now had a re-launch in order to include the latest social apps! Coming soon will be the Net Aware App which will be available to download from Google Play or iTunes.
Take a look at the guide here – http://www.net-aware.org.uk/