This might work...go to http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/ and download the program. Then go to you tube, find your video, open youtube download, paste the url, click on download now and you will be asked where you want to download the file. Save to a flash drive, take it to school and there you have it
YouTube was blocked at my school until this year. It would drive me CRAZY!! All Google "IMAGES" was blocked too. That made be berserk because I teach art! However, like rpalafox suggests, there are always ways to get around situations like this. It just takes time and extra effort. (This is unfortunate because teachers have so little time and already have to put in so much effort!) I too would download what I need and put it on DVDs for use at school.
This year, they have lifted the YouTube and Images ban on teacher stations. This is a good thing. However, we are using iPads this year too. Now there are so many things on the iPad that are blocked, it is almost impossible to use them for certain things like research. I have gotten around this by using my own, personal iPad (not on the school network) to show necessary teaching resources while in class. Also if I want the kids to partake, I use my teacher station connected to my Smartboard, show what the kids need, and then use the iPads for what will work on them.
It is NEVER easy, but we can find ways to make it doable! LOL LOL LOL
I work at a high school and YouTube and social networking sites are blocked for students, not teachers. We use Active Directory credentials to block those sites from students. I find this to be a good solution. Teachers are free to show YouTube videos that relate to their curriculum as well as engage in professional conversations on Twitter and other social networking sites.
Although I might prefer teaching appropriate use of these sites to students instead of blocking them, I understand that not all teachers have time in their curriculum to address these issues or the distractions that these sites bring.
Thanks for bringing up this question, Christine! Wonderopolis has received inquiries from teachers wondering how they can incorporate the Wonder of the Day into their classrooms, but some have been frustrated by the blockage of certain video sites, especially YouTube.
We'd love to hear from teachers, administrators or IT personnel who have found manageable ways to make resources like YouTube available for teachers who would like to use them. I think the suggestion of unblocking these sites on teacher stations is a good one. For computer labs where each student has a station, though, it would be great if an easy solution were available to allow access to videos used as part of a lesson.
Of course, teachers can always utilize the information and the activities in the Wonder of the Day without the video. Wonderopolis allows teachers to also extend the learning to the home environment by encouraging students to access Wonderopolis at home, where they can view the video and share what they've learned with their parents.
To help teachers who want to plan ahead, we've been posting the video links for the Wonders of the Day (including a couple of week's worth of future Wonders of the Day) in a spreadsheet available here in the Thinkfinity Community. Users can access it by clicking here.
I have heard of and used both School Tube and Teacher Tube. I HATE them both. I won't go into all the reason why I dislike using those sites, but I will say, I always go back to YouTube for it's reliability, wealth of video topics, and mostly, the SEARCH capabilities. I can actually find what I need there in seconds!!
I am the same way. I can never find what I need on schooltube and teachertube. I always wind up going to youtube at home, on my own time, and saving clips. It's not that I mind the work at home, it's just so inconvenient. Very difficult to teach "in the moment" when you can't access the materials.
YouTube is blocked throughout our district for both students and teachers. We are working on a solution but in the meantime, we advise teachers to use zamzar to download the videos at home and then bring them to school to share with their students. Zamzar also allows you to choose the format that you wish to download the video.
It is not the answer but it has worked for many of our teachers.
My friend got me onto zamzar and I really like the site. Where I taught YouTube was not blocked but if you ended up with a video that had questionable comments, then it was useful to have the video downloaded and saved on your computer ... also for filing purposes in case the video ever went off line. The only negative drawback to zamzar is that will only convert up to a certain sized video (I don't remember what it is), unless you have a paid account.
Other than that, zamzar defintely is worth it!!
I can suggest Freemake Video Downloader
as a useful tool for downloading videos from Youtube (and many other sites) and saving them in a format you can carry with you to class. It saves in a variety of formats including phone formats, and it will let you pull the audio-only from a download in case the video is not useful. (Sometimes it's an audio presentation and someone just throws one image up through the whole presentation, since Youtube doesn't allow audio-only uploads)
On a mac, you can use web based tools to download YouTube videos to use in the classroom. My two favorite ones are linked below.
Additionally, I would recommend that you take a quick read over YouTube's terms and conditions, especially #4. I am no lawyer and I understand that "fair use" may come into play, but it is something to be aware of.
Christine, we have found an enormous number of districts block YouTube. In fact, so many districts were complaining about this restriction that last year Gaggle added a filtered YouTube application to its suite of safe online learning tools designed specifically for schools.
I believe others are working on similar applications, and there are many good suggestions in this thread as well. Since our inception 12-years ago, our passion has been to help schools bring back "blocked" technologies to the classroom by making them safe again. Social learning tools in particular are so very important to foster student engagement, and so are curriculum resources like YouTube.
BTW - I'm sorry for the shameless plug, but it was exactly feedback like this discussion thread that resulted in development of the application. Keep up the good work - we really are listening to educators to try and make a difference!
I manage a wide area network for 70 school districts and four regional public library systems. Our school districts are all across the board when it comes to allowing access to sites such as YouTube and Facebook. Some go to the most conservative level of blocking absolutely anything that involves social networking. Others have things wide open for everyone. Still others open some of these things for teachers but not students.
A lot of times You Tube is blocked not so much because of concern about the content but because of the bandwidth it can grab if everyone is trying to stream from it at once. When my districts ask my advice, I tell them to at least allow access for teachers, because there is some very good content there, but to advise teachers to find the video clips they want to use and either download them and save them using something like Zamzar or another application that allows you to cache them locally. That way, they don't have to worry about opening the site and having the video of the day feature nudity or bad language or something when it comes up.
For districts who feel really strongly about blocking it altogether, I offer the options of School Tube or Teacher Tube. The content is more limited than You Tube, but these sites do screen for educational purpose and don't allow anything objectionable to minors to be posted.
One thing I tell all my teachers is to develop a relationship with and talk to their technology coordinator. Often times, if a site they want to use is blocked, the technology coordinator will be unwilling to unblock it for a specific educational purpose or may suggest another tool that will also suit the need.
Are there any school consider youtube-cache? It seems that it will work great, because the teacher download the video once, all the rest of the student just download from the local cache. It's fast and bandwidth is saved.
Is there any one try it? I want to listen to some successful story to solve the two problems when using youtube.
(1) bandwidth limitation.
(2) content issues.
The Department of Education in West Virginia now allows teachers to submit the links for Youtube videos to them through a few different means and they unblock them state wide. This is a nice addition to our teaching arsenal, however we can't get this done immediately. They say the unlocking process should take 24 hours, but my experience suggests that is not always the case. I will give them credit, they do get it unlocked in a few days though.
The only thing we are missing is a list of what videos are unlocked and why. I think it would be nice if we knew what there was already easy access too and what there isn't. I am asking for a lot though. I assume that just this little bit of latitude takes some man hours to make happen; hence the delay in getting requests processed.
Minnesota schools are all over the board on this issue - similar to the varied responses in this thread so far. We have schools that block YouTube, and similar sites for everyone. Others open it for teachers/staff and yet others have it wide open to everyone.
I applaud the West Virginia DOE approach to unblock at least those videos that teachers request. I can only imagine the time involved by someone or multiple people in their organization who have to review the content and then make the entries in the firewall whitelist. This is one of the major reasons more districts (or regions/states) don't employ a strategy like this. Many schools have very limited resources in their technology support programs. Often working with a tiny staff (when compared to corporate siblings) and even smaller budget, it becomes both time and resource intensive to use the whitelist (only opening specific videos or sites) approach.
While it is certainly possible to open sites, such as YouTube, to a specific group of people (such as staff) or computers, in order to do this, the network structure needs to support it. This is not universally the case. The directory structure has to support it, certain network services need to be enabled, etc. It goes back to time and resources.
I am an advocate for opening sites such as YouTube that have a wealth of educationally sound material to everyone in the school. While there is some nefarious content, I think we need to educate students about what is educational use, develop a sound acceptable use policy with appropriate consequences, and then enforce it. I know this presents it's own set of issues and not everyone will agree. In fact, in any given school district, there will be staff, parents, board members, community members, etc. that won't agree with the policy no matter what it is.
I all comes down to communication and working together. We can look at all kinds of ways to circumvent the blocking. There are many good examples listed above. However, they all are somewhat labor intensive for the teacher/staff person and may even violate acceptable use policies or terms of service agreements. We can argue that the tech departments are unwilling to open the sites, which may really be about available time and resources. We can argue that we don't have enough time to enforce an acceptable use policy. What we really need to do is take the time to sit down with all the stakeholders (staff, administration, technology personnel, administrators, parents, board members) and have a discussion about what should be done. We've done this in some of the schools I work with and the results have been varied. In some cases, it has resulted in opening YouTube (or similar sites) while in other cases, it has stayed closed. However, even if everyone didn't agree, at least everyone knew why the decision was made and dialog had occurred.
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A couple of notes just to make sure everyone knows how this works...
Adding the word "save" in front of "youtube" in the URL actually takes you to a service, not affiliated with YouTube, that asks you to accept scripts to be run on your computer. The site claims not to install any software, but does require scripts to run.
Additionally, downloading YouTube videos, via any means, and subsequently displaying them, is a violation of YouTube's terms of service. I'm not the YouTube police, but just want to make sure everyone is clear on how this (and many similar services) work.
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Many districts in my area block YouTube. Administrators are telling teachers that if they want to show a YouTube video to use a download site and bring the video to school on their USB drive.
You make an interesting point concerning YouTube's service agreement. Do you know if it applies to ALL videos, including those for educational purposes?
First, I'm not a lawyer and I don't even play one on TV, so I can only give my interpretation of issues related to this topic. Second, copyright law is gray at best, and if you ask a question of two people, you are likely to get at least two different answers! Additionally, I'm only trying to provide information so everyone is aware of the issues and not making any judgements.
That said, there are at least two issues here. One is the actual downloading of the content and the second is the act of playing the content.
My research indicates that the act of downloading it for personal use is OK. That is what most of the download service sites hang their hats on. Below is a snippet taken from answers.com - hardly a definitive resource, but the same basic concept is repeated on many other sources.
"Content that is obtained from a legal source and used for personal, non-commercial use is legal. This was decided in the Betamax case, which had to do with the rights of home recordists taping TV programs for personal use. Such copying qualifies as fair use under U.S. copyright law. The same principles would apply to content taken from the Internet, provided the content is legal to begin with."
So, is downloading it and showing it to a class "personal, non-commercial use" or covered by fair use guidelines? This is where it gets gray and I could only give an opinion. This, you'll have to take up with your conscience or a copyright lawyer :-)
The final point, however, is that showing it violates the YouTube terms of service. Part 4C of their TOS agreement says,
"You agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Service itself, the Embeddable Player, or other explicitly authorized means YouTube may designate."
This would indicate that showing the video with anything other than their web site or through their Embeddable Player would be a violation of the TOS. Basically, the issue here is that YouTube is free to all of us consumers because Google sells advertising on the site. If we don't see the advertising along with the videos, then Google doesn't make money and the service may not be able to stay free, or exist at all. So, they set their terms to favor income for them. What are the penalties? Apart from potentially having a Google account stripped, I'm not sure. So again, it really leaves it up to your conscience or a lawyer.
Probably not a great answer, but a little more information on this topic.
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Very interesting! This leaves me thinking about 'Digital Citizenship' & 'Character Development'. How do we teach appropriate use and differentiate instruction and 21st Century Skills in shades of grey? I will have to think about this for a while.
Thank you for your views.
It is such a relief to see that someone else has the same opinion as myself. I agree with both your statements as I too have pointed to part 4C of YouTube's TOS on a number of occasions (perhaps even in this community).
My bottom line is that even if a teacher feels they can "justify" their use of YouTube (or any other site) under fair use, students often can't separate the difference. For example, if a teacher shows a student how to record streaming audio off the Internet for a class project, they think that is okay, so they start recording entire songs off the Internet and add them to their iPod. The latter is obviously illegal; however, recording for a class project could possibility fall under fair use (especially if the recording is 30 seconds or less). I believe that teachers should encourage the use of copyright friendly resources for multimedia or have students create their own music/videos/pictures/etc to use. Personally, I think it is much better for a student to create something 100% original, then to use something off the Internet.
Thank you for bringing this up. It truely is a "gray" area.
This Copyright School link just popped up in my Google Reader. My understanding is that users who do not follow copyright policies must go to "copyright school." Ebay has a similar program for users who break Ebay policy.
Thought I would share, since this is such a hot topic in this discussion.
Here's is an idea for a way to work around You Tube being blocked in your school. Embed the You Tube video in a Word document or PowerPoint presentation and take that to school on a jump drive to show your students. A tutorial video showing How to Embed You Tube Videos into Microsoft Office 2007 Documents is available on You Tube.
Yes, youtube is blocked at my school. For the most part, I agree, but occassionally I would like to show a demonstration. For instance, for the holidays, my students are using a photo of themselves and importing it to make an orgami ornament. The importing and printing of the paper I can demonstrate on the smartboard, but showing a youtube demonstration on how to fold the origami would have been helpful!
Lynne, I'll have to use your post above to try to get the video from home and embed it into a doc! Great idea! Thanks for the tip!
http://www.insidetheschool.com/articles/the-protecting-children-in-the-21st-century-act-%e2%80%93-a-re-introduction/ go to the end of 3rd paragraph - there are NO laws that require these sites to be blocked - it's a control thing by your system. Plus if all staff has a unique login - sites visited can be tracked.
Great article, Barb. Everyone should take this to their school board. Let's change the system. Going around blocked sites does not demonstrate good digital citizenship. I have heard the "E-Rate" excuse used in many districts. I am glad to hear that the FCC has come to the realization that social media websites are not harmful as websites. School boards should spend some time and discussion developing their digital citizenship policy. I am taking this article to my next BOE meeting and volunteering to be on a committee to look into creating a policy to comply with the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.
Does anyone have any other advice or articles pertaining to this?
I saw this artilce in today's ASCD SmartBrief: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/12/youtube-for-schools/
Yes - a teacher just passed this info to me and our tech dept. They are checking it out right now. We have previously always blocked Youtube for Middle and High school students. K-5 students and all staff have open access. Providing a secure access for all students is a big step forward.
The YouTube for Schools looks like a wonderful site... there are lots of other collected links for educators, as well.
You may want to check out A Cleaner Internet which offers a browser extension to declutter the ads from You Tube. It's mentioned in another discussion related to You Tube videos What do you think of the "cleaner" version of You Tube for the classroom? located in the Online Tools for Educators group.
Maybe this will help resolve your problem with ads changing frequently.
You might consider asking your boss about getting a YouTube for Education account. Your school has to create an account, but it might be a good way to gain access to educational resources. There is a blog post entitled YouTube for Schools located in the Do You Google? group if you want to know more.
It is blocked in our school district for the middle school and high school but not for the gradeschool. It has been left to the Principal of each building what will work best for their buildings, their students, and staff. We are a small district, just under 300 students prek-12. At the elemetary level it is mostly used by the staff sharing with their students with the use of a computer and projector. If a teacher wants a student to view something on their classroom computers they check it first for any unflavorable comments etc. Students are told to ask permission to access YouTube if they are working on a class project that it maybe helpful for and are cautioned what is appropriate and what's not during the school day. When some of MS/HS teachers want to use a YouTube video, they can request it with the principal and he can put in the password for access for the day. After reading through this discussion I have learned about several tools that can be very useful by both buildings.
There is a very easy way to download youtube video. In the URL change the word youtube to voobys and it will open a window. From there you can download the video in different formats. You can also download the FLV player to play the video (it is # 2). Then save it to your flashdrive. When you go to show it at school open the FLV player then open the video file and it should play. Definitely try it before you need it to make sure it works.
When you save the video you will have it even if it goes off line.
I was in a recent workshop with teachers, and many said that YouTube was blocked in their classrooms. They requested a list of videos that we have posted on YouTube, so they can use that list as a conversation tool with their principals/network folks/school boards. They thought that it would be useful to have it as evidence of "Look what we're missing! From the Smithsonian!"
Would that be useful for anyone else?
(As a side note, almost all of the content we have on YouTube is also available in streaming WMV.)
I retired last year with 37 years of Kindergarten and for the last 4 years of my teaching I used YouTube just about everyday. Our principal would give you the password to override the block and it was great! By the way, YouTube is amazing I used it for every unit I taught, from dancing skeleton (bones) to traveling on Amtrak for Polar express to traveling on the elevator up the Washington monument! I kind of wish You Tube would also figure a way to organize their "stuff" so that things with adult content would show up somewhere different....I also do not like Teacher tube.....Yea YouTube!!
Hi Bobbi Jo,
Google recently launched YouTube for Education. It does exactly what you want- filters out all the inappropriate content. Schools have to apply to gain access, but it seems like a good options for those who use lots of YouTube content to supplement their curriculum.
I work for the NYCDOE who apparently does not communicate with NY State ED. The NYCDOE has utube blocked yet when you go to the State Ed website for resources pertaining to the Living Enviornment Regents there are videos created to be used with the labs which can only be accessed if you are able to use utube. So, what are we supposed to do? How can you use a recommended, sanctioned resource from the state when the city blocks you from it? Not only that but the very city that mandates the Regents which the website is supporting! I just love the geniuses who get paid by my and everyone elses city taxes to make such "well thought out" decisions they make my job soooo much easier!
In North Carolina there are some systems smart enough to create teacher profiles so when teachers log in they can access YouTube videos and yes NC Department of Instruction also posts to YouTube and in many systems teachers can only access from home. Teachers sign an agreement that they are responsible for video content and must receive prior approval which means they should have previewed for appropriate content.
Many of you mentioned using School Tube. I have gone to the site many times and found it to be impossible to use in finding specific topics. I have never used it in school because it is so user unfriendly. Maybe it's because I am not doing something correctly. Are there suggestions you could offer me?
I am not sure about School Tube, but someone shared this great Google Doc with me: 80 Alternatives to You Tube. Maybe that will help?
Hi Debbie and Penny,
You may want to check out SchoolTube now that they have redesigned it. Also, Wonderopolis now has its own channel, there. Check it out! :-) Wonderopolis Channel
If you are looking for a cleaner way to view You Tube videos, check out these three clutter-free ways to display You Tube videos--
Does anyone use these tools? What do you think of them for classroom use?
You Tube is not blocked in my school; however I don't like to use the video right from the Your Tube page. I use View Pure to bring the vidoe in my classroom. You never know what is going to be posted right along with the video that you have selected. It might be OK for your students to view but then again it may not be. To protect me, I always use View Pure to bring in that GREAT video into my classroom.
Thanks for the other two sites, I will have to check them out.
While youtube is blocked in our system, we are utilizing something called VuSafe which allows teachers to earmark youtube videos at home so that they can be viewed at school. Our backup plan has always been Zamzar so I am extremely disappointed to see that Zamzar (because of an agreement with Google) will no longer convert youtube videos :-(
YouTube was blocked in my district until this year. Before then, I would use a dongle to connect my iPhone to the LCD projector to show the youtube videos I wanted. Dongle's cost about $30 at Sams Club. If you need volume, however, you will need some speakers to plug into your headphone jack.
I don't even know why they block school at school I actually need it when I work on group projects! Anyway I tried what you mentioned what worked for me at the end was just getting a VPN.
I ended up downloading highspeedVPN (you can get it from http://www.highspeedvpn.com/) and it works alright.
We have a great visit to YouTube at our school, never had problem with it.
I always use AppGeeker video converter to download interesting videos off YouTube onto HDD, and sometimes transcode them to a certain format.
Nothing special but works for me.
I've enjoyed reading the various posts and comments. YouTube was blocked in my school district at the beginning of the school year. By December, YouTube and iTunes were made available to teachers using a special log in filter.
The live streaming is problematic due to the ads, bandwidth use etc. Something that has been working well is embedding the YouTube video directly into teacher web pages. This is especially helpful for the flipped/blended learning environments. You're able to embed just the video by inserting the code. We've found that by selecting "enable privacy-enhanced mode" the videos will work within the district network and there is no need for additional passwords etc.
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Perhaps if you talked with your school administrator and/or IT persons, they would be willing to unblock one of these two sites:
http://www.youtube.com/education (This is YouTube for educators with no ads and extraneous videos.)
http://www.schooltube.com/ (This site has a large number of free videos for students and teachers.)
Let us know if either of these will work for you.