YouTube launches new section ‘YouTube EDU’

YouTube for Schools aims to provide access to strictly educational videos featured on YouTube EDU. The site also includes full courses from top universities around the world like MIT and hundreds of thousands of videos created by over 600 partners like TED and Numberphile.

Teachers also have the ability to customise and create video playlists that can be made available for their school.

YouTube has also made it so that all comments and related videos are disabled, which the site hopes will put to rest teacher and administrator concerns about making sure students are not exposed to anything inappropriate.

YouTube’s Product Manager, Brian Truong said in YouTube’s Blog Post:

"We’ve been hearing from teachers that they want to use the vast array of educational videos on YouTube in their classrooms, but are concerned that students will be distracted by the latest music video or a video of a cute cat, or a video that might not be appropriate for students."

This is why students on YouTube EDU are unable to log in to the site and can only watch YouTube EDU video content and videos that the school has chosen.

"While schools that completely restrict access to YouTube may solve this distraction concern, they also limit access to hundreds of thousands of educational videos on YouTube that can help bring photosynthesis to life, or show what life was like in ancient Greece," added Truong.

The sister site, YouTube for teachers, promotes teachers to join the online community in sharing instructional videos and allows teachers to upload video lesson plans.

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