We are excited to announce our new partnership with YouTube EDU and the YouTube for Schools project. Students and educators now have access to our entire library of science experiment videos in the classroom. No more work arounds or third-party sites to try to show videos in the classroom. YouTube listened to what educators and parents wanted and created something that will forever change the way teachers use videos in the classroom.
To join YouTube for Schools or learn more about the program, visit www.youtube.com/schools For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to sign up, please read this YouTube Help Center article. It’s no secret… teachers want (and need) access to YouTube in their classrooms for a multitude of great reasons. With hundreds of thousands of videos available at their fingertips, YouTube has become a Mecca, of sorts, for educators who want instant access to content that helps them strengthen their curriculum using material that is current, entertaining, educational… and free!
Over the past six years, we’ve been trying to help teachers fight what seemed to be an uphill battle with school districts who were concerned that students would be exposed to inappropriate content. While some school administrators dealt with the issue by completely banning access to YouTube.com, others tried to find creative ways to allow access to the site, but on a very restricted basis. The people at YouTube found a way to open up the tombs of educational content to schools while addressing the valid concerns of parents and educators with YouTube for Schools.
The Steve Spangler Science team caught the attention of the decision makers at YouTube with the first Mentos and Diet Coke Geyser video that made its debut on the site in September of 2005. YouTube had only been up and running for five months at that point, and this largely untapped resource proved to be an amazing platform for educators who wanted to expand their lessons beyond the physical walls of their classrooms. While none of us knew at the time what the future held in terms of using YouTube in the classroom, we had a gut feeling that YouTube was a good thing on so many levels.
YouTube 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 these lists at youtube.com/teachers. Teachers can even offer up their own suggestions for videos they want to use in the classroom by creating their own playlist. YouTube for Schools is just the latest initiative in our ongoing efforts to make YouTube a truly valuable educational resource and to inspire learners around the world… and we’re honored to get to serve as a partner in the program.