Tag Archives: YouTube

Finally! YouTube Subscribe Button

I have been publishing videos to my YouTube channel for a while now, but up until today there wasn’t a way to embed a subscribe button on your website without having to code it yourself. YouTube is pretty good about supporting the efforts of content providers, and today on their Google Developers page¬†they released a tool that allows you to create script code for a widget, albeit with no coding required on your part.

YouTube Channel

The steps for creating the script code are straightforward and all you have to do is enter the username for your channel. You can then select whether your channel is Standard or Paid; mine is Free as in Gratis! There are three options to customize the look of your button by choosing between Default button, Full layout with avatar or Full layout, dark theme. I chose the last one because it suits the theme of my website the best.

This is a great way to help help visitors find your YouTube channel and it also helps to promote your videos for Free. You can head over to the Google Developers page for more information and to generate the script for your blog or website widget. I would also appreciate if you visit my YouTube channel and Subscribe. I welcome your comments and questions about this and any EdTech topic you might want to learn about. Thanks for your continued support.

YouTube Embed Code Tips

YouTube is an excellent resource for educational videos any educator can use to teach. Today I made a short video that demonstrate how to get embed codes from YouTube. In this video you will see the optimal privacy and security settings for embed codes. I also demonstrate how to optimize the code for proper sizing. Please keep in mind the general idea of using HTML embed code works the same for any website that allows you to grab the embed code. This also applies to images or audio files for which you have an embed code. These embed codes can be used on Blogs, webpages and work on any LMS that allow you to edit HTML code. If you like the video please, leave me a comment below or record a voicemail message using the widget on the right side of this screen.

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YouTube for Schools

YouTube is a fantastic platform for any educator looking for educational videos. The problem is the ads and recommended videos come in the way of learning. There are several ways to block these ads and one can also use add-on’s for both Firefox and Chrome to remove them altogether. Some schools have gone taken the extraordinary measure of blocking YouTube out of their network thus removing the ability for educators to use this powerful, educational resource.

The owners of YouTube (Google) know about all of this and have recently ramped up its efforts to ease the use of YouTube while removing classroom distractions. They have also made it safe and convenient for educators with lots or little knowledge of technology to use their website. They are now offering the ability for educators to sign-up for their YouTube for Schools program.

Think of this as another channel in the YouTube universe, but specifically tailored for educators. The new site provides access to educational videos from inside your school network. It also allows schools the ability to access a broad set of educational videos on YouTube EDU. They have added a filtering system to select the specific videos that are accessible to both students and teachers. This is not to be confused with similar YouTube websites such as YouTube EDU or YouTube Teachers. They have also posted step-by-step instructions for the Network Administrator at your school.

Instructions can be found here; http://bit.ly/PsYoa4

To sign-up and learn more about this new and exciting program please visit their website at; http://www.youtube.com/schools

YouTube – (CC) Transcription Language

YouTube recently added Closed Caption (CC) translation for any video on their site by enabling Google Translate right into their video player. This means you can now display CC subtitles for any of the 57 languages supported in their service. This is a great add-on feature for students and faculty in the foreing language arena. I tried the Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish languages and I must say its not perfect but then again this is the first iteration of this feature. I am sure it will get better over time. Please watch this video for a demonstration;