YouTube in Schools – talking points

It appears that much of the movement forward with web 2.0 tools in a district rely on cooperation with the technology department, particularly the ones that run the network, firewall, filter, etc. This post has some good ideas about YouTube and then some links at the bottom about the whole issue. Hopefully it will help someone to negotiate a little more digital freedom for the educators and the students in their district. I think it is important to ask the technology department who their customers are and what is their main purpose.


This part is an attempt to give some points an educator might use to convince the school district administrators to open up YouTube.


For general information about YouTube look at our 11.5 More Things, YouTube is talked about in Thing #4.


Below are 5 bullet points that I think make sense about YouTube. I have given the links for background information.


The first 5 points emphasize that YouTube is mainstream (especially number 5 and the fact that President Obama puts his Saturday message on YouTube).


Points 6 and 7 basically say that there are good quality (university produced) educational resources found on YouTube and nowhere else. Number 7 is an example but there are many more (MIT lectures).


Points 8 and 9 make a case for using YouTube for consumption, critique and produce (CCP) is the way for education to go. YouTube is the creative media of our students and will be during their productive careers.


Points 10 and 11 are things SBISD is doing to adequately prepare for the opening up of YouTube.


The negative, points A, B, and C are the things we will need to teach our students how to handle and avoid.



I. YouTube is mainstream

1. There are 70,000,000 total videos on YouTube (March 2008)


2. Every Minute, Just About A Days Worth Of Video Is Now Uploaded To YouTube


3. YouTube is the top social media website.


4. YouTube is web 2.0, we are already moving into web 3.0 (


5. General Services Administration has also signed agreements with YouTube allowing federal agencies to use the services. Other government Agencies that want the services can sign onto the agreement, which is effective now.



II. Good educational resources exist there

6. There are tutorials about things that can found nowhere but YouTube.


7. Starting in 2003, the Berklee College of Music started offering free music lessons online. The lessons include guitar, brass, bass and even DJ & turntable training. When you click on the “keyboards” section, you’ll find a list of 12 lessons in either YouTube video format. The videos are about one to two minutes.



III. YouTube is the consumption, critique and produce (CCP) for our students.

8. “We’re trying to help our students learn to express themselves in words and images, and moving images in particular,” says Richard Miller, Chair of the Rutgers English Department


9. CREATING & CONNECTING//Research and Guidelines on Online Social — and Educational — Networking


The study encourages the use of social media in schools to help prepare our students for their lives.



IV. SBISD is preparing to open YouTube.

10. Spring Branch ISD will initiate the I-Safe Internet safety program starting in the fall 2009.


11. The district plans to have doubled the Internet bandwidth by December 2009 to be able to handle more video streaming.



V. There are negatives about YouTube that we need to teach our students about.


The negative:


A. Two girls post a cartoon video on YouTube that depict “The Top 6 ways to Kill Piper!” Piper is an elementary school classmate of theirs at Elk Plain Schoolin Spanaway, Washington.


B. If you are registered you might be able to search and find nudity.


C. A portion of the videos are just note worth the time to watch because of poor quality and poor thinking.


Also, find usueful information about moving the district filter in the right direction at  previous blog postings:

TLA 2009 – Several Good Sessions  (number 7)

Facebook and Education

TLA 2008 Friday – Social Networking

Web Filtering Recommendation (long but the best summary) 

The Filter Web Sites Dilemma



Good Luck,



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  1. Cheryl said:
    July 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm     Permalink

    Thanks – all these links are really helpful, especially the presentations explaining Web 3.0 in #4.

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