YouTube launches portal for schools

Already a great resource to find videos to integrate into your lesson plans, YouTube is launching a portal specifically catering to educators and students, curating “education materials and videos on subjects such as history and math while filtering out potentially offensive or distracting content.”

The portal, which is located at youtube.com/schools, is designed to allow schools that would otherwise restrict students’ use of the website on school grounds (to avoid non-educational time wasting) to have a specific resource for finding appropriate materials for school use.

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 cute cat, or a video that wasn’t appropriate for students. While schools that restrict access to YouTube may solve this distraction concern, they also limit access to hundreds of thousands of educational videos on YouTube that could help bring photosynthesis to life, or show what life was like in ancient Greece.

Read more about the new service at Mashable.com

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