Why YouTube instead of Google Drive for video?

  • Doesn’t count against storage space

  • More reliable, especially if many accessing at once

  • You can create playlists that include original and other people’s videos

  • Export/Publish to YouTube common for many video editors and screencast extensions.

  • Easier to embed into website

Key Things to Know:

  • Your Channel: Your Username is your channel - you have your own personal broadcast space!

  • Playlists: Much like music playlists, you can have several and customize them for whatever purpose you’d like. In classroom, consider playlists for different units or projects.  You can have a combination of your own original works and links to other quality videos you find on YouTube.

Bells and Whistles:

  • Simple Video Editing (probably better to use imovie of WeVideo and then upload/export to YouTube)

  • Add Subtitles and Closed Captioning to YouTube videos (excellent if you have hard-of-hearing students)

  • Cards to video can let viewers click and go to links as relevant to your video

  • Annotations make the video interactive for viewer

  • Download mp4 audio from your videos (convert a video to a podcast!)

  • Enhancements allow you to add filters, timelapse to existing videos


Youtube Help Center

West Hills HS AP World Channel

West Hills HS Global Studies Channel

Challenge: Get Started!

  1. Go to YouTube and activate your channel.

  2. Create a simple playlist.

  3. Add at least one video that you already like to your playlist

  4. Bonus: upload your own existing video to YouTube and place into an appropriate playlist.

  5. Double Bonus: Put a link to your channel or playlist on your class website or a unit calendar.