Setting Up Your Account
The great thing about working for a school system that uses Gmail as their main communication tool is that every single staff member (and potentially students as well based upon your domain settings) already have a YouTube account.
In Rye, if a teacher is logged into their email account, they just need to navigate to the top of the screen and click on the More button to reveal YouTube as the first option.
After clicking on the YouTube button you will be sent to your classroom YouTube channel. If your email address appears in the top right hand corner of the screen then you have already signed in. This is because Google syncs accounts and you were already signed into Gmail. If you do not see your email address, or you see another email address, click on the little arrow next to the avatar icon in the top right hand corner of the screen and sign in with your school email account. (You may have to sign out of a personal email account first before signing in with your @sau50.org account.)
This is my YouTube Channel name and avatar. You can customize your YouTube channel to be called whatever you like, and choose any image for your avatar that you wish.
When you click on the little downward triangle next to the avatar icon, you can navigate to your YouTube channel. Here you will see your Uploads, Likes, Feeds and Comments. If you haven’t uploaded a video yet, since you just signed up for the account, you really won’t see anything here. As a precaution, anything that is watched, liked, or commented on using this computer while signed in with this account will appear on your channel. So if you let somebody else use your computer, make sure they are not watching, commenting or liking videos on YouTube that are inappropriate for school as they could potentially appear on your YouTube channel while you are showing something in class.
This classroom YouTube channel can now be used to upload your students’ work privately, unlisted, or publicly. I always publish all of my videos either privately or unlisted first, and then make sure everything is okay before I make it public. Always make sure you get your students’ and parents’ permission first before you publish a public video as anyone on the web could happen upon that video when it is published publicly.
Now that you have setup your YouTube account and channel, you are ready to publish some videos. You can publish videos to YouTube directly by going to your YouTube channel in a web browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) and clicking the Upload button at the top of the screen. You will then be asked to navigate to the movie file and drag the file into the upload window. You will need to fill out the text boxes for title, description and tags while the video uploads.
Tags are short descriptive words or phrases separated by commas to help your audience find your video. They aren’t that important if you are keeping your videos private or unlisted, but when they are published publicly a visitor to YouTube could find your video by typing in one of the tags in the search box. Of course anyone can write a tag for a video that has nothing to do with that video at all, and that can be a problem when minors are surfing around on YouTube for videos. I would strongly suggest you keep all of the content that you wish your students to view on your own YouTube channel, so that they aren’t tempted to surf for content.
You can also share content from your laptop, iPad, smart phone, and/or some cameras and mp3 players. On your laptop for instance you can film and edit a movie within iMovie and share it to YouTube using your account information.
If students are using iPads to film movie clips they can also publish their work to your YouTube Channel. Just make sure you use your YouTube account information when sharing these videos. It’s a good idea to have the students fill out all of the information and you can go around and put in your password to keep it private.
On many devices the share button appears in the top right hand corner of the screen. By clicking this icon you get many options to share your content, and YouTube is just one of the many online video sites that you can share student or your own work.