Approving Videos for Student Viewing
Restricted AccessAbout a year ago, YouTube offered new tools to allow districts to permit instructionally focused videos to be viewed by students while blocking some of the inappropriate or offensive content users post to the site. In YouTube language, this is called Restricted Access.
Restricted Access allows our district to restrict access to inappropriate content (as deemed by YouTube) to the Google accounts we provide to our students.
Student and Staff Google DomainsPay attention to this section! This is the source of much confusion surrounding YouTube video approval.
By now you have noticed that our students have a different email address than our staff does (@stu.waukesha.k12.wi.us vs. @waukesha.k12.wi.us). This was done to give students and staff different privileges with Google accounts.
When it comes to YouTube videos, this means that students and staff will be able to see different videos. A video that is approved for the teacher domain (@waukesha.k12.wi.us) is not automatically approved for student viewing (@stu.waukesha.k12.wi.us). The only way to know for sure is to have a student domain account, or have a student log in and try to view the video on their device.
If a student is using a personal Gmail account at school, they will NOT be able to view approved videos in district. They must use their school assigned Google account within the student domain (@stu.waukesha.k12.wi.us)
Restricted and Approved VideosWe don't always know why videos are labeled "Restricted" by YouTube. This is a closely guarded secret at YouTube, and for obvious reason. However, YouTube allows us to override their filters and "Approve" videos and channels that we feel have instructional value to our students.
In our district, approving apps for student viewing in the STUDENT domain can be done in two different ways.
1. Submit Video and Channel URLs for ApprovalTeachers can submit links from YouTube video and entire YouTube channels in this form to have them approved for student viewing in the STUDENT domain. It is the responsibility of the staff member submitting the link to be sure this content would be appropriate for our students K-12 prior to submitting the link.
(If you are using a playlist, you will need to be sure all videos in a playlist are approved. Submitting a playlist URL does not guarantee that all videos on that playlist are approved. If you use playlists, you may want to consider requesting a student domain account, outlined below.)
2. Request a Student Domain Account to Approve Videos
To request a Google account in the STUDENT domain for approval of YouTube videos, contact the SDW Help Desk at x1073.