One of the problems with using YouTube videos with a class (once you’ve got past the problem of getting your school to agree to give access to YouTube) is that invariably the clip will be accompanied by comments below it, many of which might be unsavory. There’s also links to other videos and banner advertisment, all of which may be distracting to the students.

There are several ways that you can access YouTube videos without all those distractions. Here are just a few:

QuieTube gives you a button which you can drag to your toolbar. When you see a YouTube video you want to use, click the button and you’ll get a URL which will let you watch just the video. Embed this link into your IWB page to go straight to the video page.

View Pure
Go to the View Pure website, enter the URL of a YouTube video and it strips out everything but the video. Very simple to use. You can even drag a button to your desktop which does the job. You can also then take the URL of the page you get, and hyperlink to that page.

Accessible YouTube
This is an interface to YouTube designed for people who access their computers via either 2 switches or a mouse. It allows the user to use two keys/switches or a mouse to navigate through a list of videos, and watch any or all of them. Currently the list of videos can be a playlist, the results of a video search, the related videos for a particular video, or YouTube’s most popular videos. For now, you must use Firefox in order for it to work.

Thanks to Shannon Smith (@brachsmith) for the Accessible YouTube link via Twitter.

YouTube XL

This is a modified version of YouTube designed to use on large-screen televisions, and so also on Interactive Whiteboards. The interface makes it simpler to use by cutting out a lot of the clutter on the page. Theres no way of hyperlinking to a specific video, but you can add any you like to your Favourites, which you can then access under the Favourites tab on the main YouTube XL screen.


YouTube XL

Remember – None of these tools moderate the video content though, so you still have to use YouTube resources wisely.

You will also still need a YouTube connection at school though, these are not ways around filtered content. If you can’t access YouTube in school, these will not work.

If you have any other tools like this, add them to the comments.