Youtube is by far the most popular video platform on the Internet with over a billion users. But a standard youtube license quite simply isn’t good enough. When you upload to youtube you are given a choice of these two licenses (and one has to navigate to the ‘advanced’ tab to find it): The problem I have with the Standard Youtube License being the default is that others can’t remix the content which is one of the five R’s.
You can add multiple videos to include, trim for size, add your own text, change the audio settings… and it doesn’t even have to be your own video!
As the image shows, you can also add your own free music tracks to the videos!
While I’m a huge fan of students using tools like WeVideo and others, why not use Youtube itself for basic editing/discovery? The native platform is almost always the best. Imagine the possibilities of students with youtube accounts now able to make their own mix-type style videos to share with friends and teachers. More education content could be created faster and with more fidelity then waiting for Khan to get around to recording more videos, that’s for sure!
Here’s the problem – if I search for just “math” on youtube, I get about 6,910,000 results. However if I filter for Creative Commons-licensed videos, I only get 279,000 or 4% of the total videos out there.
Share It Better!
- When you upload your video, use a CC license
- Write a good description – many education videos on youtube have terrible or NO description and thus are harder to find. Please write good descriptions!
- Always include contact information in your description as well. As I watch videos on youtube I hate having to track down someone through their channel, then website, then contact page…
- Make sure no background music etc that you use is copyrighted. It will get taken down.
- Share your content on social media! Twitter, Facebook, you can even just take a screenshot to share it on Pinterest and Instagram! People are hungry for quality content…