Whenever I go to a conference I like to take an informal poll about access to YouTube. I’ve never had much more than half of the respondents say that they could access YouTube in their classrooms. While there are plenty of alternatives to YouTube sometimes the only place you can find the clip you want is on YouTube. Larry Ferlazzo may have found a solution to that problem. That solution is called VuSafe.
VuSafe provides a place for you to find, organize, and watch videos in a secure, filtered environment. VuSafe offers a password protected environment in which you can post videos for your students to watch without exposing them to the comments, advertisements, and automatically generated related videos found on YouTube. As a teacher you can search for videos either through VuSafe or directly on YouTube. When you find the video you want, you can tag it by content and grade level and add it to your VuSafe page. Watch the video below to learn more about VuSafe.
VuSafe is currently in beta and you must apply to get an account.
Applications for Education
VuSafe could be a great tool for schools that would like to open up access to YouTube but don’t because of objections to the advertisements, comments, and related videos that accompany the videos.