Cleaning up YouTube Videos for K12 Audiences

by Alix E. Peshette

Reposted from the Impetuous Geek

Say YouTube to most educators and IT folks and they will probably wince. Many school distrists block YouTube or only let teachers acess the site. However, amid the offensive flotsam and jetsam are some real gems of educational content. So, the question is; how does one use a YouTube clip and not show the extraneous content clinging to that clip?

In my daily dip into personal professional development, I checked one of my favorite blogs: NCS Tech which shared a new site called SafeShare.TV. This free Web 2.0 application takes a YouTube URL, strips away the surrounding content and produces a safe link to the video. But it gets even better...the video can be edited! One can select where to start and stop the video clip. Just as an experiment, I tried a non-YouTube video URL from a national content provider. SafeShare primly told me that the link did not seem to be a YouTube link. Oh well, one can't have everything!

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Tags: 2.0, Web, YouTube, apps, multimedia, video

Comment by Corri Filipowski on February 18, 2010 at 12:59pm
I know there is also a teachertube site with educationally appropriate videos, but there are times when something not available there is perfect for what is being done in the classroom. My distirict is one that blocks youtube, so I appreciate you sharing this safe and, at least from the sounds of things, easy way to solve this dilemma.
Comment by Alix E. Peshette on February 18, 2010 at 1:14pm
Corri,
I've been looking at hacks and work-arounds for YouTube for years. So, this SafeShare.TV seems like a decent, quick alternative. Be sure to check that your district doesn't block SafeShare.TV!

-Alix

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