This is an updated version of an old post “YouTube Tips for Teachers


YouTube Generation

What’s the big deal with YouTube? (most recent stats for 2018)

  • Over 1.5 billion users (represents approximately half of all web users)
  • 400 hours of video are uploaded every minute
  • 46,000 years of content is watched every year
  • 60% of a creator’s views come from outside their home country
  • Over half of YouTube’s views are on mobile devices
  • Source


Why YouTube Rocks the Classroom

  • Students are more engaged through visually-stimulating videos and presentations (e.g. TED Talks)
  • Educational lessons are easily shared across the globe, Students can upload their own videos to demonstrate understanding
  • Students or the whole classroom (or groups) can create video replies to each other
  • Videos can supplement lessons for students
  • Teachers can spend more time focusing on students and less time explaining complex topics
  • Teachers will have a library of free information to help explain just about anything
  • Current events!

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Getting Started

You can certainly search YouTube for content that relates to what you are doing in your classroom but YouTube also has created an Education portal for teachers at

From here you can check out different channels on curricular areas. Unfortunately the search doesn’t seem to work as intended. However, there are a few short interesting videos in here that might serve as a good hook or discussion piece at the start of class.

Once you have found some videos, there are a few ways you can bring YouTube into the classroom.

  • Create a YouTube account and create a playlist for each class or unit
  • Post or embed YouTube videos on your class website or blog.


Become a Creator

Finding suitable videos and showing them to your class is a fantastic way to bring multimedia into the classroom. However, some teachers might prefer to make recordings of a specific lesson and make it available online. One of the most popular ways to do this is through Screencasting. I previously covered the topic here.

Check out my YouTube Channel to see some of my screencasts made publicly available. I have one video with 90,000 views and a lively comment section.

One consideration when posting a new video is asking “who can access my video?” I have chosen to make many of my videos public but occasionally I will make one unlisted (must have the link to watch) if I decide I don’t want it searchable on YouTube.

Record a Screencast directly to YouTube through Hangouts and YouTube Live (no additional software needed)

I’ve been a big fan of Screencast-o-matic but I recently discovered that I can screencast directly to YouTube. Here’s how it works…

STEP 1: You must be logged into YouTube. Click on  your portrait in the top right corner and choose click the “Creator Studio” icon.

STEP 2: Now in creator studio, click on “LIVE STREAMING” on the left sidebar and then “Events”

STEP 3: In the main window area, you will see “You don’t have any upcoming events.” Click on the blue link to “Schedule a new event.”

STEP 4: Edit the “Info and Settings” for your new event. Give it a title. Short titles may not be accepted so give it a descriptive title. IMPORTANT: Change the dropdown option from “Public” to “Unlisted” otherwise it will be a live broadcast that anyone in the world can watch. Leave the other options as is. Once you are done, click “Go live now.”

STEP 5: You will then be given a confirmation screen. Click “OK”

STEP 6: This will open up Google Hangouts. It may ask you for access to your camera and microphone. Click “Yes” since we want to be able to record audio. On the left sidebar in Hangouts, click on the “Screen share” icon:

STEP 7: The screen sharing options will be displayed. You can choose between “Your Entire Screen” or “Application Window”. If you are just sharing a website or a powerpoint or another single application, then application window makes the most sense. If you are switching between various applications and windows during your screencast, choose “Your Entire Screen”.

STEP 8: You should now see your screen in Google Hangouts (rather than the camera, if you have one). Click on “Start broadcast” to start recording. Once you are done, stop the broadcast and your recording will be saved as an unlisted video on your YouTube account.


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