YouTube is a fantastic resource for educational videos. There are literally millions of hours of demonstrations, explanations, and examples which you can use in class.
When you open a YouTube video in LearnCube's Virtual Classroom, the teacher controls the playback, so you can play, pause, and navigate to different points in the video, and your student will be kept in sync with you.
Unlike a screen share, you and your students will be streaming the video directly from YouTube. This means there is no need to open multiple tabs or windows, and the video quality will be much better.
To add a YouTube video, you have two options:
1. Adding a YouTube video directly to the whiteboard
If you want to quickly open a video in the classroom, you can just copy and paste it.
Note: using this method doesn't save the video to your library.
To do so:
Simply copy the video URL. You can use the keyboard shortcut
ctrl+C(on mac and windows respectively).
Then go back to the classroom, click on the whiteboard and paste the link, using the shortcut
The video will now open in a new whiteboard tab.
2. Adding a YouTube video to your Content Library
If the video is something you'll often use in classes, it's best to add it to your Content Library. This means you'll be able to quickly and easily open it again in future.
To do so:
Open the file upload menu. [Anchor]
Click on the YouTube logo.
If you have the video URL, you can paste it here directly, or you can search for a video using keywords, just like on YouTube itself.
you will see the option to preview the video, so you can check that it's the right one.
Click Save to Lesson Materials. Then click on Upload File
It's also a good idea to give the video a title so that you can easily search for it.
YouTube Controls - subtitles, mute, video quality
The YouTube video player has some controls which are set locally. This means that the teacher and student will need to set these separately. For the most part, they won't affect your classes, but two controls are important to know about.
You can mute your video and adjust the volume by clicking on the volume icon on the video.
Subtitles can be enabled / disabled by clicking the CC button
For language teachers, it's useful to know that students may have subtitles turned on already, particularly if they were watching videos in their target language outside of class. If your student is tech-savvy, it's often a good idea to ask ensure that the subtitles are turned off before starting a listening exercise.