Many times I find just the right video clip to enhance the learning in my classroom. My biggest fear? What advertisements are going to pop up before, after, and even during my clip?
Last school year, I was introduced to Quiet YouTube. It’s a great tool for teachers who want to show video clips from YouTube but don’t want to deal with all the unwanted ads. You simply take the URL of the video clip and type in the word quiet after the www. and before the youtube part. (Your link should begin like this: www.quietyoutube.com/.) This will take you to a new page where you can view your video clip without ads (for the most part).
Another way to stop unwanted ads is SafeShare.TV, a website I learned about on Matt Gomez’s blog. You simply go to safeshare.tv and copy/paste in your link from YouTube; it generates an ad-free version of your video clip. You can click to be taken to the “safe view,” where you can then watch the clip, download it as an MP3 or MP4, or save it as a favorite (so you can access it later). A few customization options are also available for you to choose from. You can give it a specific title, select a background, enable sharing, and even adjust the play length of the clip if you don’t want to show the entire thing.
Last summer, I was presenting at a conference and heard about a school that banned video clips after an inappropriate ad popped up in one during a school assembly. With Quiet YouTube and SafeShare.TV available, showing video clips is a bit easier . . . and safer.
What ways have you found to use ad-free YouTube (or other video) clips in your classroom?