This week’s Tekiota is almost all about making YouTube work better for you, so dig into issue 23.
- TIP OF THE WEEK - [icon name="fa-cloud-upload"] STANDARD 3: model digital age work and learning
Number of videos viewed on YouTube everyday: 4,950,000,000
Hours of video watched on YouTube each month: 3,250,000,000
Total number of people who use YouTube: 1,300,000,000
I will take a wild guess and say that you’ve glanced at YouTube today. In fact, you probably belong to one of two categories of teacher, the teacher who goes to YouTube to watch the ads, or the teacher who goes to YouTube and skips the ads. If you’re the latter, brace yourself for the best extension to watch YouTube in (or out of) your classroom: Adblock for YouTube
Never See Another Ad on YouTube
I was already using the excellent Adblock Plus to block all annoying ads displayed on webpages throughout the Internet. Unfortunately Adblock Plus has no power over YouTube ads.
In comes Adblock for YouTube which does exactly what you expect from its name: it removes all videos ads from YouTube allowing your students a distraction free viewing experience.
Installing Adblock for YouTube
You need to use the Chrome browser in order to be able use Adblock for YouTube (other extensions are available for other browsers).
To install the Adblock for YouTube extension for Chrome:
- Click on Chrome > Preferences
- In the left sidebar, click on Extensions
- At the bottom of the page click on Get more extensions
- Search for Adblock for Youtube in the Chrome Web Store, it will be listed under Extensions.
- Click on Add to Chrome
or you can click on this link to Adblock for YouTube and click on Add to Chrome.
Ad Free Forever?
Will this salvation work forever? Google’s annual revenue for YouTube are $4,000,000,000 (while its annual cost for running the site are a staggering $6,350,000,000). It’s rather unlikely that Google will leave this loop hole accessible forever. So enjoy it while you can!
Head over to More Browser Extensions for YouTube to customize your favorite browser with a few more add-ons to customize your YouTube experience and of course, let us know if Adblock for YouTube for you in the comments below.
- TIP OF THE WEB - [icon name="fa-cloud-upload"] STANDARD 3: model digital age work and learning
Here are two more very cool resources for YouTube that continue to improve your user experience when watching videos. They both achieve the same goal of a cleaner YouTube by removing distractions. Quiettube is a browser extension while viewpure is a separate website that requires no install.
quiettube is another tool that does something similar to viewpure, but in a different way. quiettube is a button you drag into your Chrome bookmarks. When you find a video for your class on YouTube, a click of the button removes the suggested videos and ads on the page.
viewpure is a tool that removes content from around the videos in YouTube – including the recommended videos menu to the left.viewpure also removes the video suggestions that pop up at the end of videos on YouTube.
Using viewpure is very easy. Simply copy and paste the URL from the video you want to watch into the purify bar …
Tip of the Hat
- TIP OF THE HAT - [icon name="fa-group"] awarded to TW Williamson [icon name="fa-cloud-upload"] STANDARD 3: model digital age work and learning
Perhaps you remember that TW is one of the early adopters who jumped on to Twitter for his dose of PD. Through the social network, he started to collaborate with Annette Lang a STEM educator at the Science Academy Rootstown (OH, USA). The amazing results of this global project are exemplified in their latest project, an assignment to sensitize students to the Internet filter bubble. Internet education super star Cool Cat Teacher herself featured their work in her weekly podcast. See one students’ writings below:
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