When I was a student teacher, I prepped a lesson I was proud of, showing students power struggles through the use of a comic Tom and Jerry YouTube clip. Of course, as a student teacher, I was unprepared, and panicked when I got to class and realized that YouTube was blocked by the district. I remember struggling to find the video elsewhere, and in a last-minute ditch effort, pulling up a cartoon of the famous cat and mouse and explaining the clip.
Time has passed, and I have learned:
- Always have a back-up. And then a back-up for that back-up.
- There are alternatives to YouTube!
If you are in a district where YouTube has been blocked, fear not! There are ways to get around this, and these are just a few I’ve found:
- Use a cleaner, alternative version of the site, like TeacherTube or SchoolTube.
- Take a YouTube link and make it safe through sites like SafeShare.TV or ViewPure, which remove the extra content that is usually a red flag on district firewalls.
- Download the video and save it to your desktop with KeepVid.
- Use alternative video hosting site altogether, like Teachers.TV, Vimeo, Blip.TV, or Google Videos.
- Embed the YouTube video in PowerPoint or another presentation form (Prezi, GoogleDoc, etc.)