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