Day 6 of Google 2020 – YouTube Studio

On the sixth day of Google 2020, we will take a look at YouTube Studio. I will have to admit, back in the day, I was one to promote teachers to upload their content to YouTube. Then with the ease of videos of being shared via Google Drive, I found myself encouraging staff to go that route. It was one less thing to have to worry about or stress about.

Just this week, I revisited my school YouTube channel and was surprised with some of the features that YouTube Studio now has. I also decided to share a reminder about creating playlists. Hope these tips can help you out.


I think I am MOST excited about this feature. To be honest, I am not sure how long this feature has been available and I just didn’t know about it. The owner of the YouTube video has the ability to create chapters. Why would this be important?

Well, both students and teachers are finding themselves being consumers of videos for learning or reinforcement of learning. Many teachers are finding themselves creating short tutorials or screencasts. If teachers decide to upload their video to their school YouTube channel they can determine when to create different chapters in the video. Consumers of the video now have an opportunity to either watch the whole video from start to finish or determine where in the video they want to spend their time based on the chapter titles. Does this take an extra step? Sure. Is this mandatory? No. Are you not supporting your students if you don’t use this feature? No. Do I think it is clever? Sure.

The short video below will walk you through the process.

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Day 3 of Google 2020 – YouTube

Today for Day 3 of Google, we are going to take a look at some YouTube tips. We use it every day, whether we are learning about a topic, or just looking for a laugh. Hopefully some of these tips will help improve your experience with YouTube.


Ever in a situation where you want to speed through a video due to the content that you are being asked to watch or the limited amount of time that you have to watch the video in? Consider changing the speed by which it is played. This is a setting that is local to you. This is a great way for students and teachers to customize their learning and the speed at which they receive it.

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YouTube Videos and New Settings in Google Slides

This post reminds me of how important it is to continue to learn and grow. Just when you think you might know everything there is to know about a tool, you discover that is not the case.

Google has made some changes recently with Google Slides. I really had not appreciated the change until it became beneficial to me last night. I had seen/read that Google included a video setting for YouTube videos that are included in a Google Slide but never realized to the extent of the features.

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Day 1 of Google: YouTube Tips

On the first day of Google….

We are going to take a look at YouTube. Hard to find someone out there now a days who has not used YouTube, either for their own enjoyment, or to share ideas/content in a lesson with students.

But, did you know the following:

Autoplay of YouTube Videos
1. The default to YouTube is for related videos to automatically play for you after your last video finishes. In some instances, you might want this. I am sure many can relate to watching a video that a friend has shared with you or posted on a social media outlet, you start to watch the video and then get hooked and end up watching other videos that are related to the same topic. Then 30 minutes later, you wonder where the time went!

However, in a school setting, you might not want a new video to start automatically – especially if you haven’t had a chance to view the next video prior to students seeing it. There is a very easy way to stop autoplay.

  • Search for a video
  • Top right, above the suggested “up next videos”, you will find Autoplay – just turn it off

Theater mode for YouTube
2. The default in YouTube is for the video that you searched to show up on the left side of the screen and the ‘up next/suggested videos’ to show up on the right. You actually have a way to move related content below the YouTube video. This way, there is less distractions if you are projecting your screen. No matter what video you search, switch the view to Theater mode (bottom right corner of the YouTube video).

True 360 Videos
3. Virtual Reality is a buzz word right now. Some teachers are looking for ways in which this concept can be implemented appropriately into curriculum. One particular way, is finding 360 videos in YouTube that could either be viewed in a VR headset or on a laptop/Chromebook. While there is a bit more effort to view on a Chromebook/laptop (in terms of clicking and dragging around in the video), you can still get a similar experience as if you were watching in a VR headset.

If you are interested in exploring around more 360 videos, add ‘360’ in your search. However, some people who upload a video might consider a video 360 when in reality it isn’t. A true 360 video will have the four arrows on the top left corner of the video. This allows you to ‘look behind you’ or ‘look above’ etc by either using the arrows or clicking and dragging inside of the video.

To learn more about how to create your own 360 video, read this previous blog post.

And that is my Spiel…

Creating Closed Captioning for Your YouTube Videos

For the last two years, I have been invited to Ms. McElwain’s American Sign Language classes to help them with a video project that they do with fairy tales. Why I particularly enjoy this project is due to what Ms. McElwain asks her students to do that is not done in any other class at Bedford High School. You might be thinking, well that is obvious…she is asking students to sign. Yes, but she also requires her students to learn how to add closed captioning in their videos. Not everyone knows American Sign Language, so by including this with their videos, others can learn a bit of the language. Me personally, I would have liked to have had the opportunity to learn this language. Thanks to Ms. McElwain, I know how to sign tech teacher.

Steps for Creating Closed Captioning

  • Students first figure out what they are going to sign before they even film
  • Students then record themselves signing on their Chromebook using Screencastify (click HERE for previous blog post on how to use this tool)
  • Students send their video to their School YouTube channel to work on closed captioning (click HERE for instructions on how to use closed captioning or see below)
  • Depending on your school environment, students should check their ‘sharing permission’ of their YouTube video. (either have them select Unlisted or Public)
  • Students share their video with their teacher through Google Classroom

Watching Any YouTube Video
Whenever you watch a YouTube video, you can activate Closed Captioning on the Video by selecting the CC box at the bottom right of the YouTube video. Closed Captioning will then appear.

*NOTE: For the video in the image below, I did not actually work on the Closed Captioning even though it was a video that I screencasted. YouTube is making its best guess on what is being stated. Thus, there might be some errors in what is being stated verbally versus being shown through text.

If you would like to learn more on how you can implement this feature with your curriculum and students, you know where to find me.

And that is my spiel…