YouTube is a fantastic resource for education. Why should you use it? Well, “YouTube is the largest online video sharing platform in the world and the second most popular search engine in the US after Google. Google acquired YouTube in 2006. Over 72 hours of video content are uploaded onto YouTube every MINUTE” ( https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_-YG6FfpbwNCLiTooQpJvJ976dcn0XtwpWPRl0avrPY/edit).
I am a strong believer that many schools need to reassess their internet access and filtering policies in order to cater for our current, social media savvy students and teachers.
However, I am also aware of the time and effort that it takes for Primary teachers to view YouTube content before showing the video footage to their class. There are two apps, one for iPad and another for Android that may reduce Junior Primary teachers viewing time of YouTube clips. They both have pre-saved playlists for Education but also allow teachers to create and save their own playlists.
iTubeList is a free iPad app .Once you have downloaded the free app,
if you touch the plus icon you can access a ‘Kids Video Collection’, the star icon will display a long list of Junior Primary programs, the magnifying icon will enable you to search YouTube and then create your own playlist. To disable adds, you need to pay $0.99 to upgrade.
Kids Video Player for YouTube is a free app for Android available through Google Play. The app allows you to search videos from YouTube using safety mode so inappropriate videos are not returned in search results.