YouTube is a tremendous site that offers up so much great, and sometimes not-so-great, content that can be used in the classroom. The problem is that there can be ads and links to other videos that may not be the best for the classroom. There are a few ways that you can combat this and make it much easier to “filter” the content you show or share with your students from YouTube.
My preferred method for WV Educators is to use the YouTube White-list available through WebTop. Teachers, Administrators, and Staff can login to WebTop and request for a video to be white-listed through the state filter. There is an ongoing list of white-listed videos on the site tagged by content area and/or purpose so that you can find lots of videos that may already be available for you through this service. These videos also playback full screen and have ads and linked/related videos removed to avoid those being shown to your students.
My friend and colleague, Jason Jackson, created a quick tutorial video on making a request for the white-list a few years ago. I have shared it on my blog before, but I have included it here as well.
I have included a video from David Walsh on YouTube that explains ViewPure and shows you how it works.