Using YouTube in the classroom

Most teachers I know search YouTube to use in their lessons – it’s a huge resource when it’s used well. Teachers are able to watch the videos beforehand to check content and keep within eSafety policies, but there are a couple of perils still lurking out there: the comments about the videos, which can contain any language under the sun (and frequently does!), and the “other suggested videos” which appear at the end of the clip.

I’ve read a great blog about this over the weekend and also had some really useful conversations on Twitter about how best to use YouTube in the classroom. I thought it would be useful to draw all these ideas together and attribute them to those who suggested them.

1) Use Quiet YouTube (courtesy of @Lisa_LearnPad)

This seems so unbelievably simple, I wonder why we didn’t know about it before! Find the video you want on YouTube and insert the word “quiet” into the URL in the correct place.

So the URL brings up this video:

youtube normal screen

But the URL brings up the video without the comments, ads or anything else!

youtube quietyoutube screen

For more details, see the Quiet YouTube site at

2) Install (courtesy of @PrimaryIdeas) ( provides browser extensions and apps which will also take off the comments and follow-up videos. You can read more about this in PrimaryIdeas blog at

3) Download the video with Realplayer Cloud (courtesy of @PrimaryIdeas)

Sometimes, videos get taken off YouTube. Sometimes, your internet connection slows down and the video starts buffering (usually at a crucial moment!) The only way to guarantee that a video will be available in a lesson, is to download it. One tool for doing this is RealPlayer Cloud which is free software that can be installed on a PC from

4) Download the video with KeepVid (courtesy of @HiImpactSimon)

Another site to use for downloading videos is KeepVid ( You’ll need Java installed and enabled and you’ll need to click the “Download” button to the right of the URL that you paste in. (If you click on the Download button below, you start downloading iLivid which isn’t needed for this to work).

KeepVid then presents you with a list of formats to choose from.


Again, ignore the big green “Download Now” button, and click on one of the links on the left-hand side.

Personally, I think Quiet YouTube is my favourite for real-time showing of YouTube clips and that the downloading of videos is good but caution is needed to make sure you download the right thing and not some annoying freeware which then pops up ads or installs an unwanted browser add-in.

Any other suggestions are welcome below as well!




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