YouTube is a fascinating video website. It is one of my favourites online and I am pretty sure most of you like it too. The revolution of YouTube started right from the time Google acquired it . As you know part of the success of Google is its huge investment in the field of education so it also dedicated part of YouTube to education especially with the creation of these three channels that all promote video learning.
Educational Technology and Mobile Leaning has dedicated an entire section to how teachers and educators can leverage the power of this video platform in education, and from to time we would add up to this section to make it more resourceful. This is exactly where this post fits it, it comes as an addition to this section .
Today we are going to cover some of the must know tips and tricks about YouTube that we as teachers can use to make maximum benefit from YouTube.
This is a great feature that you can use to create playlists. You just have to choose the name , for instance of a singer, and Disco automatically create a playlist for you containing all the songs of that singer.
This is a smart chart system that features the best and most viewed content on YouTube and right from one page. It also lets you choose to view the content by day, week, month or by all time.
Do you know that YouTube has its own editor where you can edit the videos you upload there.Before you would need to use an external video editor to edit your videos before uploading then to YouTube , now you can edit your videos right from the editor page on YouTube. You can add effects, transitions, timelines, and crop parts you do not want to show, and you can also select a song from YouTube's library to add to your video legally.
You might have noticed those clickable links that pop up on a video prompting you to subscribe or do an action. Wondering how to do this ? It is pretty much easy, way easier than you might ever think. Just go to the Annotation page and add the text ( provide a link to make it clickabke ) you want to display and there you go.you can link videos to playlists, channels, other videos or ask people to subscribe and many more.
5- Captions and Subtitles
YouTube lets you easily add captions and subtitles to your videos to help those who have a hearing impairment or who do not speak that language watch your videos. Again the process is quite easy just access the caption and subtitles page and follow the instructions or watch this video to learn more.
6- Watch Later
This is a great feature that allows you to watch YouTube videos later on when you have time. That little + icon can , when clicked on, save the video to your homepage on YouTube wheere you can access it anytime you want and watch it.
7- Watching Videos on Your TV
If you have a smat TV or an Internet enabled television then you need to visit this Link and you will be presented with YouTube in a format that is perfect for watching on the big screen.
8- YouTube Stabilizer
YouTube Stabilizer removes the choppy and jumpy features in videos and make them look slick and professional. Watch this video to learn more:
9- YouTube Test Tube
This is a place where YouTube tests its products before it launches them to the public. Check it out, it resembles Gmail labs.
10- Feather Mode
If you have a lower connection band or have a poor internet that does not let you watch YouTube videos then you can use the feather mode because it removes all the clutter that are on the page and leaves only the video you are streaming. It is really awesome.
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