Changes to Youtube for Schools

30th May 2016
Google have now announced their intention to remove the YouTube for Schools scheme as of Friday 1 July 2016. Whilst there will still be distinct restricted and unrestricted levels of access, there will be a wider range of content available to pupils and we would like to remind schools to be as vigilant as ever when using YouTube in the classroom.
Pupil experience will be less restrictive.
From testing, it appears that the content available through Restricted Mode will be less restrictive than the old YouTube for Schools program. Any content that has been age-rated or flagged as inappropriate will not be available, however there is a larger quantity of age appropriate, but non-educational content accessible.
As with YouTube for Schools, videos comments are disabled, and suggested videos should also be filtered.
Staff experience will be more restrictive for Lightspeed users
As it is not possible to apply Restricted Mode per user with Lightspeed, staff will also encounter videos being filtered. Material suitable for teaching at Primary level should be available, however some Secondary level content may be blocked.
Schools can provide unfiltered access for staff by registering for Google Apps for Education (GAfE); signing in with a personal YouTube/Google account will not override the restrictions.
Schools can take responsibility for unblocking videos for pupils (requires Google Apps for Education)
Schools that register for GAfE can delegate users the permissions to approve additional content beyond that available by default – pupils would need to login with a GAfE account to view the approved videos.

For information on How YouTube for Schools Works click HERE

For more information from the ICT Service Page click HERE