YouTube for Schools arrives

Google on Sunday announced in a blog post YouTube for Schools, a new offering allowing the institutions access videos on YouTube EDU without having to sort through user-generated clips of puppies and kittens. The new service available at www.youtube.com/schools lets students access video content from TEX, the Smithsonian and about 600 U.S. universities, including up-and-coming YouTube partners such as Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science and Numberphile.

We know how busy teachers are, and that searching through thousands of videos sounds like a daunting visit to the world’s largest library, so we’ve also worked with teachers to put together more than 300 playlists broken out by subject — Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts — and by grade level. Teachers can find them listed out at youtube.com/teachers. Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without your input — teachers, what videos do you use in your classroom? Suggest your own education playlist here.

Apple has had a similar section on iTunes called iTunes U that contains video lectures from universities. YouTube for Schools isn’t a brand new site, it’s actually a new setting school administrators can turn on to grant access only to the educational content from YouTube EDU, which requires a Google account for schools, says Google. Additionally, schools can set videos to be viewable only within their school network. More than 400,000 educational videos are available on YouTube for Schools. It’s a stark departure from YouTube’s clash with educational institutions in March of 2007 when hundreds of schools in Australia had banned access to the YouTube site as part of a campaign to combat cyber-bullying after following the media outrage over a number of sensitive clips involving teenage violence made it onto the site.

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