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Embedding YouTube Videos in Schoology

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Sssshhh! Don’t tell your students yet, but YouTube is now unblocked at OMS.

YouTube continues to be an excellent resource for teachers. There are endless high quality educational videos on YouTube that we want students to have access to in school. Unblocking YouTube allows more direct access for students to learn from teacher-selected videos.

At this time, the YouTube app is still not allowed. If you see a student with this app installed, please have them uninstall it. Students should only access videos that you choose for them to view.

Why have students watch videos on their iPad instead of a teacher showing the video to the whole class?

While showing videos to the whole class is a great teaching tool and allows for class discussions, there are times when individual consumption of content is more appropriate:

  1. If you do a “station” activity, watching a video could be one of your stations. Rather than reading directions for a lab or station activity, you could have video instructions for students to view at each station (just like the Dharma Initiative for all of you LOST fans!)
  2. You could create “extra help” videos for students to view only if they get stuck while doing an activity. Forget how to use a microsocope? There’s a video for that!
  3. Videos make for great extension work. Students who have already mastered the content could view videos with more advanced material. Already know about protons, neutrons, and electrons? Maybe they want to learn about quarks!
  4. In science, it’s easy to find different videos that teach the same content. Some students may prefer one video’s style versus another. You can post the different videos and give them the option of which one to watch.

The best way to share all of these videos with your students is to embed them right into your Schoology course.

Benefits to embedding YouTube videos

When it comes to showing videos on YouTube, the biggest concerns for teachers have always been the “recommended videos” and user comments, which we all know can be very inappropriate. When you embed the video directly into Schoology, both of these elements are removed. Students get to enjoy the videos without any of the distractions.

How to embed videos as Schoology course materials

Step 1: Go to a YouTube video that you would like to share with your students.

Step 2: Click on the “Share” button located below the video.

Step 3: Click on “Embed”.

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Step 4: Once you click “Embed”, you will see the embed code appear below. Copy this code.

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Step 5: Go to your Schoology course.

Step 6: Click on the folder in your Materials where you want to save the video. (I have a folder just for videos.)

Step 7: Click on “Add Materials”, then choose “Add File/Link/External Tool”.

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Step 8: Click on “Link”.

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Step 9: Paste the embed code in the box next to “Link/URL:”.

Step 10: Add a title for this video.

Step 11: Click the “Add” button.

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Voila! The video is now embedded for students to watch.

This is how the videos look on a laptop. When you click on a video name, it begins to play the video directly in Schoology…

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Now, here is what the videos look on an iPad. When a student clicks on a video name, the video begins to play directly in the Schoology app…

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Students can expand the video to play full screen. If they click on the subtitle icon on the bottom right of the screen, they can adjust the subtitle settings. Closed captioning is turned on by default.

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How to embed videos as Schoology course materials

If you are interested in embedding YouTube videos directly into an assignment, that’s possible as well. Read this support article for information on how to do this. A few reasons why this might interest you:

  • You can add questions in the assignment for students to answer after they watch the video to check for understanding.
  • You can share multiple videos and written texts in the same assignment, allowing students to do multimodal comparative analysis.
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Author: Mr. Mularella

Middle school science teacher/world traveler

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