Saturday, 17 December 2011

Google takes YouTube to classrooms; introduces YouTube for Schools.

YouTube, Google's popular video viewing destination will now don a new role, that of an educator. Google has introduced its latest addition to YouTube - YouTube for Schools, which true to its name has set out to change the way education is meted out to young minds. Using this latest feature, students across schools with Internet access will be able to access this service from within their school network. Click here to get a detailed idea on how to setup YouTube for Schools in your school network.

YouTube for Schools gives students access to a host of complete educational videos from YouTube EDU for free. Content, here has been categorized under a broad range of three learning segments - primary and secondary, college and university, and lifelong learning; and based on the requirements of these segments YouTube has added videos. These videos have been sourced from several global institutions, like - Smithsonian Institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, PBS, TEDTalks and Khan Academy.

Yet another aspect of YouTube for Schools is YouTube for Teachers, which Google claims will give teachers a know-how of how to best use YouTube within a classroom. " was created to help teachers use educational YouTube videos to educate, engage and inspire their students. We know how busy teachers can be so we've worked with a group of teachers to put together playlists of partner videos that align with common core standards".

Herein, videos have been efficiently categorized under: Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Videos under these headers have been further sub-divided commonly into - Elementary, Middle School, High School depending on the subject. Teachers can create their own YouTube Channel and invite their students in a virtual classroom.

YouTube, undoubtedly is resourceful and using it to dole out quality, interactive education should work wonders. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments section below

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