This video hosting site is both a key learning resource and a place for anyone to share their own video content.
You can search for and watch videos without an account on the site. When you enter your search terms in the Search box, a list of videos will be displayed which show when each video was added to the site, by whom, and how many people have viewed it.
When you select a video, you will be able share it, email it and/or get the embed code for your website or blog.
With an account, YouTube becomes more of a hub for all your YouTube activity. It displays your subscription updates (i.e. those channels/users you are following), as well as your viewing history, Watch Later list and playlists.
Playlists are groups of videos that play in order, one after the other automatically. You can have quite a bit of control over your Playlist in terms of its privacy settings and its ordering (as shown in the screenshot to the right).
There are also a number of ways to create and upload a video to YouTube (see screenshot below)
The Video Editor lets you make quick edits, as well as combine multiple clips, incorporate and otherwise enhance your clips with effects
Guides & Resources
- Making the most out YouTube, Google
- The Beginners Guide to YouTube, Mashable, October 2013
- 100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers– OnlineCourses, October 2012
- 20 fantastic uses of YouTube in learning – rise of images, Donald Clark, January 2014
- The Complete Guide To YouTube Playlists, Social Times, October 2010
- 9 YouTube Tips & Tricks for Teachers, The Whiteboard Blog, 2 January 2012
- How Do Robots Learn to Cook? By Watching YouTube, Obviously. Gizmodo, 4 January 2015