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Managing YouTube in schools

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Started by Heather Harper 28 Mar 2014 12:57pm () Replies (5)

I am interested to hear how other schools manage their Youtube downloads for teachers and students. Currently only teachers have access to Youtube in our school, however with students starting to use our digital technologies more and the fact that we are going through a development process with Digital Citizenship, more and more often students may need to access youtube.

We have just been SNUPped so our wireless network is good, we have just joined N4L so we have reasonable speed. We are getting more and more mobile devices...

Do we continue to restrict our students in the resources they can access?

Do we open it up and possibly risk the speed loss or complete stoppage as it is hard to keep track on all devices at all times (15 - 30 students all on Youtube at once#####)

Love to hear how other schools, especially Intermediates manage this.  

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  • Rachel S. (View all users posts) 29 Jul 2014 3:14pm ()

    Initially, our school (1400 secondary students, BYOD + school devices) also blocked YouTube access to students, but it was open to all staff. Then, we purchased software that allowed teachers to view all screens they wanted to connect to (when using school devices), with options to freeze screen, close browsers, block/unblock sites for students, record the actions students were taking with devices etc. This allows classroom teachers to un-block YouTube for any or all of the students inf front of them, for any given amount of time AND monitor what how they are using it. When working with BYOD students, we email our ICT manager in advance, who then unblocks sites (YouTube is a popular one) just for a given class, for a given period of time, or for an option line on the timetable. Of course, some students do gain access during school hours via proxy servers - usually at lunchtime/before school, and our ICT manager works hard to limit this kind of access, with the help of teacher and narcs!

  • Anton (View all users posts) 11 Aug 2014 4:53pm ()

    Hi Rachel,

     

    What was the software that you purchased that allowed teachers to view all screens they wanted to connect to (when using school devices), with options to freeze screen, close browsers, block/unblock sites for students, record the actions students were taking with devices?

  • Rachel S. (View all users posts) 13 Aug 2014 9:21am ()

    It's called "AB Tutor".

  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 11 Aug 2014 5:06pm ()

    Our school takes a different view on this issue... 

    We don't block youtube for any students.  Our focus is to engage the students, and if this is done, then the students don't use youtube as a time waster.  

    -We are a full primary Year 1-8.  

    - Full 1:1 BYOD from year 5 up to year 8

    Modern learning environment (1940's prefab classrooms with walls knocked out) and modern learning.  Because our focus is on learner agency (teacher and student),  we almost don't have a problem.  Sure I can see the students history on their BYOD's, and if they do use any websites as a 'time waster' then I can speak with them about their time management.

    The only issue we have had this year was a student accessing youtbe at home, about 11pm at night, at mildly inappropriate content.  

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