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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Cleaning Up" YouTube

YouTube can be a great classroom resource, but the comments and "related content" are often distracting and can even be inappropriate. There are two great tools available to help you embed a YouTube video in a clean page with a couple of quick clicks:

1) Quietube (quietube.com) is a button you can add to your browser bookmark bar that "masks" a YouTube video with one click. Done.

2) If you plan to post a video for students to watch, copy the YouTube URL and paste it into safeshare.tv.  This will generate a new "safe" link that shows the video on a plain page. Share THIS link with your students to help them avoid distractions and just see what you want them to see.