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How to Share YouTube Videos Without all the Distractions

YouTube can be a Vital Tool in the Flipped Classroom, but how do you Deliver Videos Without all the Distractions?


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I just published this article on EmergingEdTech: 5 Ways to Share YouTube Videos Safely and Privately (Without the Distractions). The post contains a number of tools and insights into how to deliver YouTube video content without the visual ‘clutter’ that comes with delivery directly through YouTube. It also gets into tools and techniques for delivering content privately, and safely (preventing or limiting student access to inappropriate content).


One tool in particular that stood out to me is TubeChop, which lets you crop a video and then embed the resulting video. While other tools let you do similar things, I am not aware of any that do so without either still ending up with some distractions (like suggesting other videos to watch) or showing the URL of the video (which means anyone can share it, so it isn’t totally private).

With TubeChop, you can deliver any YouTube video in a totally private and non-distracting manner, as long as you have a private site where you can embed the content. Note that you do have to chop the video some in order to use TubeChop, but that could be as little as chopping just 1 second from the start or end of the video.

Other Alternatives

The article provides 4 other alternatives that can also help with this challenge.

A reader also commented about EduCanon, which I have written about before, with a focus on its ability to let teachers add questions to any YouTube video. I haven’t considered it as for a tool to enable private and/or distraction-free video delivery … I’ll have to do that. Similar alternatives like EdPuzzle and ed.ted.com should be considered from that perspective as well (sounds like a good future article!).

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