My school system was never allowed to use YouTube, so I became very savvy at home... downloading the clips through Zamzar and saving them on my portable hard drive. This is also a much more professional way to use the videos... you don't have all of the advertisements or distractions included with YouTube.
Jenny regarding downloadin Youtube:
As a sys admin and teacher at a school I also need to ensure all Internet users comply with school and general legal practice hence why Youtube terms and conditions are of relevance:
Snapshot of Youtube's terms and conditions of use state :
3. you agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Website itself, the YouTube Player, or such other means as YouTube may explicitly designate for this purpose; "
13. You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the Content. "
Therefore using external software to copy and download (unapproved by Youtube) and copying to thumb drives opens the school upto a breach of Youtubes terms and conditons.
Hence why our school uses KwawF as it uses an approved Youtube connector with school approved playlists to view Youtube’s videos without all the nonsense that goes with Youtube such as ads etc
Keeping students off of Youtube due to bandwidth issues - understandable.
Keeping teachers off of Youtube due to bandwidth issues - unless your district bandwidth is really bad, and/or unless you have teachers using Youtube WAY too much or frivolously, it shouldn't be a problem.
My district will open up Youtube for short periods with a special request due to the bandwidth argument. I wish they would just quietly open it for teachers and find out if it really does become a problem. It should be a pretty simple experiment to run, and one could quickly filter it again if need be. You might ask if your system can do "packet shaping", sometimes known as throttling, where a Youtube request is essentially last priority in the system, meaning virtually everything else gets first dibs on bandwidth.
Zamzar is very handy, you are correct. Another one is keepvid.com provided it isn't blocked in your district.
I just heard it wont be as bad as I thought as our school will use something called KwawF. Actually sounds exciting as I believe the students can watch Youtube through it without as you said Jenny, "advertisements or distractions".
Our sys admin says we can create our own playlists and he can set up some stuff to control and monitor student searches and access.
Numerous solutions exist to throttle bandwidth for a particular user group and/or site. For example, you can limit the bandwidth for student users on YouTube and not effect everyone else. Every student in the school could be on YouTube and they would only be using a small part of the pipe. I think this is a way better solution than an outright ban.
YouTube is block here in NYC (understandable considering the volume of people & devices on the network).
Lately I've been using WatchKnow http://www.watchknow.org/
It seems to allow certain YouTube videos through, not all but some.