YouTube Restrictions!

Goodbye YouTube For Schools!  Hello DNS based restrictions!

The folks over at YouTube in collaboration with Google Apps for Education have finally allowed us administrators some amazing tools to help filter what is available to students when navigating YouTube.  Gone are the days of adding videos to a specific school’s playlist to allow only certain videos in.  Gone are the days of the dozens of phone calls, emails, and trouble tickets asking for help adding videos to the approved playlist.  These new DNS rules allow us to do a few things:

  1. Filter out pretty much all of the bad stuff.
  2. Give teachers the ability to approve videos with the click of a button – and easy access to approvals from within the video
  3. Give teachers the ability to approve entire channels!

So many schools are afraid of YouTube and the challenges it presents.  Some schools block YouTube entirely.  We all need to understand the resources that YouTube provides.  There is so much user generated content, so much substance, and so much to learn from perusing the site.  Yes, you can get lost in funny videos, music, and video game reviews.  But you also have physics projects, lectures, book reviews, etc.

If you are reading this, and are currently blocking YouTube access – please reach out and let me know what I can do to help.  Here is a document I wrote that explains how to setup the DNS settings, and how to navigate the new options.  It has been used by thousands already, and I have fielded dozens of questions.  Happy to help!


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