Friday, November 11, 2022

YouTube Studio Settings for Teachers

Many years ago I was at the annual ISTE conference when I heard a speaker say, "if you want the biggest authentic audience for your students' work, put it on YouTube." I think he had a good point because it is possible for your students' work be seen by millions of people if it's really good and it fits the algorithm-of-the-day at YouTube. The reality is that using YouTube is just a convenient way for you to share your videos with the your students and for them to share with you. 

There are a few YouTube settings you need to know how to use before you use YouTube to publish school-related videos. Those settings are explained and demonstrated in this updated video that I recently recorded. 

In the video you'll learn:

  • How to upload to YouTube.
  • Privacy settings for your uploads.
  • How to control comments.
  • How to blur faces and objects in your uploaded videos.

(Although I think I remember who made that statement at ISTE, I don't want to misattribute it).

Making and Leading Virtual Tours With Expeditions Pro

Many of us lamented the loss of Google Expeditions because it was a great tool for leading students on virtual reality tours of all kinds of interesting places around the world. Similarly, many of us were disappointed when Google shuttered Tour Creator because it was a great tool for students to use to create their own virtual tours. Fortunately, earlier this year a good alternative to Google Expeditions and Tour Creator emerged in the form of Expeditions Pro

Expeditions Pro can be used on your iOS or Android device to guide students on a virtual reality tour.To lead students on guided VR tours in Expeditions Pro, you have to download the tours to your phone or tablet. Your students don't need to download the tours in order to follow along with you. Expeditions Pro offers a growing gallery of virtual reality tours. It is also possible to create and use your own VR tours in Expeditions Pro (more about that in a moment). 

In this short video I demonstrate how to use Expeditions on an Android phone and on an iPad. In the video I also show you the teacher and student perspectives of guiding and following virtual reality tours in Expeditions Pro.

As I mentioned above, Expeditions Pro can also be used to create your own virtual reality tours. Watch this video to learn how you can create your own virtual reality tours with Expeditions Pro

There are a few things to note from this video before you try creating your own virtual reality tours with Expeditions Pro. 

  • First, in the demo I used 360 degree imagery that I captured with my Android phone (Pixel 5) and saved in Google Photos. 
  • Second, I downloaded my 360 imagery from my Google Photos account then imported it into my tour. 
  • Third, I used to record the audio narration for the each view in my tour. I downloaded my audio from Vocaroo as an MP3 file then imported it into my tour on Expeditions Pro.

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