Internet Related/Filtering/Firewall Thread, YouTube for Schools launched in Technical; YouTube have today announced the launch of YouTube for Schools . In a nutshell, this gives you:
Pre-approved channels of ...
12th December 2011, 07:41 PM #1
YouTube for Schools launched
YouTube have today announced the launch of YouTube for Schools. In a nutshell, this gives you:
- Pre-approved channels of educational content
- Ability to whitelist individual videos on YouTube itself (rather than on your local proxy)
- Comments completely hidden and disabled from videos (though not on channels themselves, based on my testing)
This may be a good option for schools who currently block YouTube and are nervous about unblocking it despite demands from teachers.
As well as adding individual videos to your school/authority-specific whitelist, you can nominate channels to be added to the pre-approved list. I've already requested the 2012 Olympics channel as that seemed to be a glaring omission I found within a couple of minutes.
How it works
You need a proxy that can automatically modify the outgoing request to either add an HTTP header or append an option to the URL query, as described here. I know Smoothwall should be capable of this because it does it for other things such as enforcing SafeSearch, so if anyone knows how to do this already in Guardian 3, I'd be interested in hearing, but I suspect it may need a new Content Modification policy adding by the developers.
More info here: YouTube for Schools FAQs - YouTube Help
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 12th December 2011 at 07:43 PM.
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12th December 2011, 07:49 PM #2
I'm sure I already knew about this... but can't find the thread.
12th December 2011, 07:58 PM #3
Thanks. Was looking on how to get this setup. I wonder if embc web filtering can achieve this.
12th December 2011, 08:49 PM #4
Full support for header insertion in Smoothwall will be ready for BETT. I saw a dem of it working last week
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12th December 2011, 08:51 PM #5
...in the meantime it can be done as a URL mod but it isnt pretty - talk to @nile_c or @OB1 if you can't wait. Header insertion is better though as a user experience.
12th December 2011, 09:29 PM #6
OK, so any ISA or TMG guys about who can help achieve this (and no @john - do not abuse me for my ISA/TMG :-p)
12th December 2011, 10:06 PM #7
Workarounds like this can be done (has previously been done to fix Google SafeSearch when Google messed things up) and I'll raise for the next Tech Group, if no-one else does.
Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem
12th December 2011, 10:09 PM #8
I will then eughhhhh ISA/TMG
Originally Posted by TheScarfedOne
12th December 2011, 10:39 PM #9
Any ideas how it can be done with Netsweeper?
12th December 2011, 11:19 PM #10
Originally Posted by glennda
Charming.... Neg rep :-p teeheee
13th December 2011, 08:37 AM #11
We use TMG with Websence and hopefully going to implement this after approval
Originally Posted by TheScarfedOne
I am sure all you need to do is right click on a rule select “Configure HTTP” and change the headers. Let me know if you have any luck with this.
13th December 2011, 09:29 AM #12
- Rep Power
I would also be very interested in this working with net sweeper. Thanks
Originally Posted by garethedmondson
13th December 2011, 10:50 AM #13
Anyone using ISA will, i think, need this:
ISA Server (Forefront TMG) Toolkit :: Headers Modifier - modify web request headers passing through ISA Server (Forefront TMG)
As far as i can tell ISA/TMG is a one or none type modification without this program, i'm just investigating it a bit before i install it but i'll let you lot know how it goes.
13th December 2011, 11:01 AM #14
I'm using censornet which at the moment can't use the http header method. I spoke to them this morning and they are working on a fix.
13th December 2011, 11:26 AM #15
Well, as much as i hate third party programs, especially for a system such as ISA, this one seems ok. I've got it installed, and I've setup my header rule but i can't get it to work, someone else with ISA come and start setting yours up so you can find what i'm doing wrong!
Originally Posted by mrbios
EDIT: this is what i've set, can anyone point out what i've done wrong? (see image - ignore the difference in the "applies to" i was messing around with settings)
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