Monday, June 8, 2020

A Few Basic Settings to Know When Uploading to YouTube

This past semester I created and uploaded to YouTube more videos for students than I ever have before. Based on the number of questions that I answered on that topic, I know I'm not the only one. And depending on how school starts in the fall, there may be many more teachers tan ever before uploading their own lessons to YouTube for the first time.

If you are creating video lessons to upload to YouTube this summer or helping others do the same, here are few basic settings to keep in mind.

  • You can make your videos unlisted and still share them in Google Classroom or any other learning management system that you choose to use. 
  • You can and probably should disable comments on the video lessons that you upload. By doing this you avoid the hassle of dealing with YouTube spam comments. I post my videos in Google Classroom and let kids can ask questions there.
  • Add a cover image to your video to let students know what the video is about. Doing that also avoids using the still frame that YouTube selects at random for your cover image. 
All of these settings are demonstrated in the following video