YouTube is launching a brand new tool to help teachers and students get their learn on. “YouTube for Schools” is a portal that helps curate education materials and videos on subjects such as history and math while filtering out potentially offensive or distracting content.
YouTube for Schools was created thanks to demand from teachers and schools across the country. “YouTube for schools is a technical solution to allow schools that normally restrict access to YouTube to gain access to it,” says Angela Lin, head of YouTube EDU. A blog post on YouTube further explains:
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.
The site will also act as a network setting that allows schools to only grant access to education materials on YouTube EDU as opposed to, say, movie trailers or other esoterica. The setting also does away with comments and related video recommendations. It won’t, however, stop students from watching that content via an external 3G or 4G network connection.