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Using YouTube as a Research Tool

Using YouTube as a Research Tool

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Author: Michael Murphy
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1. Create a personal YouTube site

2. Understand and implement various design and usage processes in YouTube

3. Learn how to create YouTube playlists and subscribe to channels

4. Learn how to navigate the YouTube environment

 

You Tube is web based video sharing site created in 2005 where anyone, with a computer and access to the internet, can upload, view, share, and create videos to share with the world.
There are many other video sharing sites but YouTube is, by far, the most popular.

YouTube is more that just a site on the web to watch fun videos, is it also a valuable educational
resource, if you know how to search, find, and filter the enormous amount of content available.

With YouTube you can create video playlists, subscribe to YouTube channels as you would a magazine, watch live events (a relatively new feature), and create and edit your own videos to share with the world or only specific people.

In this course you will discover the many features of the YouTube environment. How to create and design your own site, how to created video playlists and how to subscribe to other worthwhile sites.

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Introduction to YouTube

You Tube is web based video sharing site created in 2005 where anyone, with a computer and access to the internet, can upload, view, share, and create videos to share with the world.
There are many other video sharing sites but YouTube is, by far, the most popular.

YouTube is more that just a site on the web to watch fun videos, is it also a valuable educational
resource, if you know how to search, find, and filter the enormous amount of content available.

With YouTube you can create video playlists, subscribe to YouTube channels as you would a magazine, watch live events (a relatively new feature), and create and edit your own videos to share with the world or only specific people.

In this course you will discover the many features of the YouTube environment. How to create and design your own site, how to created video playlists and how to subscribe to other worthwhile sites.

YouTube Example Channel Number 4

YouTube Example Channel Number 2

YouTube Example Channel Number 1

YouTube Example Channel Number 3

Creating a YouTube Account

It is extremely easy, and important to create your own You Tube account.

It is not necessary to have an account to search for videos on YouTube, but with an account you can subscribe to your favorite sites or set up a playlist with your favorite videos.

Also, with your own site, you can create, upload, edit and post videos of your own.

First, go to www.youtube.com. on your computer.

If you are using an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, there is a link to the YouTube app included with this lesson.

On the upper right corner of the screen you can click on “Sign In”

As a Carthage Student, your username and password for your Carthage Gmail account is the same username and password for your YouTube account. If you are already signed into your Carthage Gmail Account you may be automatically signed into YouTube. If you haven’t logged into your gmail account you can still log into your youtube account just use your Carthage email password, be sure to include @carthage.edu such as my username mmurphy@carthage.edu.and username to sign in.
Homework
View “Sign in to YouTube” video
Go to www.youtube.com
Sign in at the upper right hand corner with your Carthage email username
and password

Configuring Your YouTube Channel

Log into your YouTube account
Click on the account name and a new window pops up.

On the right you see links for “My Channel”, “Video Manager, Subscriptions and so on.
For now, click on “My Channel”

This is your YouTube channel and you have many options to customize the look and layout of your channel

Click on “Channel Settings” on the upper left of the screen.

In the “Appearance” Tab you can choose a background color for your channel or you can choose a picture that will appear as a frame around your channel. You can choose to have the frame scroll up or down with the page or remained fixed.

There are some tutorials on the web that show you how to cutomize your YouTube channel background just make sure the tutorials represent the current version of YouTube.

Under “Info and Settings” Google will import your profile information if you created one in your Gmail account, otherwise you can “Edit” your profile here and event add a photo or graphic.

You can also add a description of your channel.

Also, you can add tags. Tags are searching clues to help people locate your channel or videos.

This is also a place for you to set up a username for your Channel URL. - Note, once you have set up your channel username, it cannot be changed.

Homework

Review “Designing Your YouTube Channel” video
Log into your YouTube account
Click on your account name
Click on “My Channel”

Designing Your YouTube Channel Illustration #1

Designing Your YouTube Channel Illustration #2

Designing Your YouTube Channel Illustration #3

Creating a Channel Name for your YouTube Site.

Once you create a channel URL (Universal Resource Locator), which
means your channel’s address on the World Wide Web, you can’t change the channel name.

If it is important for viewers to easily find your channel, you may want to choose a simple, easy to remember name.
www.youtube.com/user/channelname
Homework
Create a simple channel name for your YouTube channel.

YouTube Channel Name Illustration

Layout of Your YouTube Channel

Under “Tabs” heading you can determine the layout of your channel
Three basic pages, Featured, Feed, and Videos

Feature Page – Highlights the content that you think is most engaging to your viewers

Feed Page – Highlights what’s new on your channel

Videos Page – Viewers can see and sort through playlists

Default tab to choose which page viewers will see when they go to your channel

Feed Tab settings – can allow viewers to respond to your videos. Viewers can “like”, “comment”, or “favorite” a video on your channel. You can choose to moderate channel comments.

Feature Page section – choose layout.

“Creator” will post a large featured video on top of the page followed by Playlists.

“Blogger” will just feature Playlists and upload them in chronological order.

“Network” is similar to Creator except that it features other channels instead of your playlists.

“Everything” features videos, playlists and channels

Homework
Review “Featured Tab” movie
Log into your YouTube account
Go to “My Channel”
Go to “Channel Settings”
Go to the “Tabs” tab
Click on the “Featured” section
Choose a Featured Layout

YouTube Layout Illustration

Sidebar Information in Your YouTube Channel.

In this lesson you will learn how to edit the "sidebar" information in your YouTube channel to allow for privacy setting and distribution among other social networking sites.

If you are logged into your site, click on your site name in the upper right,
Click on “My Channel” and then the “Edit” button in the sidebar near the site name.

Here you can change the description of the site and connect viewers to social network sites such as Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook

You can also add links to favorite websites by adding the title of the website and the website URL.

Under the links, you have the option to hide personal information .
You can “feature” other YouTube channels on your site by creating a title for the channel and the channel URL.

Make sure to click “Apply” on the bottom of the side bar.

YouTube Sidebar Illustration 1

YouTube Sidebar Illustration 2

Searching for Videos on YouTube

Using search tools to help narrow your search will help you sort through the huge library to find what you are looking for.

You can begin a search by simply typing in the Search box next to the YouTube logo on top of the webpage.

You can narrow your search by pressing “Filter” and sort under Relevance by Upload date, View Count and how the public has rated the video. There are also recommendations for other channels to explore

If you just want to skim around to see what is new and available in YouTube , click on “Browse” .

Here you see areas under “Videos” for instance there are many categories, Comedy, Entertainment, How to& Style that YouTube created. Here are featured some popular channels and videos.

On top are other categories
such as Music, Movies which feature movies that can be rented on Youtube, TV shows which can be downloaded for a price, upcoming live events, sports etc.

YouTube for Schools or YouTube.edu, as described by YouTube, is a broad set of educational videos that range from academic lectures to inspirational speeches and everything in between.
This is to YouTube what iTunes University is to iTunes .

YouTube Searching Illustration 1

YouTube Searching Illustration 2

Playing Videos on YouTube.

Once you find a video the easiest way to play it is to double click on the thumbnail. The video should start playing automatically.

On the lower portion of the video screen are several icons that let you control the playback and size of the screen.

On the left is a “play/pause button so you can pause the video at anytime during playback.

Next to play/pause is the volume control button. Here you can adjust the volume of your video or “mute” the sound altogether. The volume of the playback will also depend on how the volume is set on the device you are viewing YouTube such as your computer or through your TV via Apple TV or another device

There is a time indication next to the volume control. The first number tells you where you are in the video as far as time, the second lists the total time of the video.

The “CC” on the left turns on the Closed Captioning of the video if it available.

By the CC icon is a flower-like symbol, here you can change the resolution quality of the video image, depending on how the video was originally produced and downloaded to Youtube. The higher the resolution, the better the quality of the video.

Next is a box icon followed by a larger box icon followed again by an even larger box icon.

Clicking these icons will expand the video size on your viewer with the last icon providing you with a full screen of the video.

At full screen, simply press escape or esc on your keyboard, to return to the video’s original size

Finally, you can right click on the video and scroll down to pop out, the video will appear separate from the YouTube page and you can move it around your desktop and resize as you wish by grabbing the corner of the video and dragging in out.

Homework
Review video “Playing Videos on YouTube”
Log on to your YouTube account
Search for videos to experiment with (find videos that are “closed
caption” enabled)
Experiment with CC, resolution and image size.
Experiment with “Pop Out”

Playing Videos on YouTube Illustration

Creating Playlists in YouTube.

With YouTube you have the ability, in your own personal channel, to create Playlists. A playlist is defined in Youtube as a collection of videos that can be watched on YouTube, shared with other people, or embedded into websites or blogs.

First, log into your youtube site if you haven’t already done so.
Now, search for a video that you would like to include on your personal playlist.

At the bottom of the video click the “Add to” box

A new window will appear. In this window you add the video to some already created playlists by double clicking the playlist, and as a default, Youtube has a Favorite playlist already created for you. or you can create a new playlist here where it says “Enter new playlist name”

If you go back to your channel by clicking your channel name in the upper right hand corner and then selecting “My Channel” you should see a new playlist or a new entry in an existing playlist.
created.


Homework
Review video “Creating Playlists in YouTube”
Log into your YouTube site
Search for videos and create a number of playlists.

Creating Playlist in YouTube Illustration 1

Creating Playlist in YouTube Illustration 2

More on the Featured Tab in YouTube.

Feature tab design options
Under the Feature tab
Choose to add a video from a playlist
Add playlists to your Feature page
Review Video – More on the Featured Page”

More on Featured Tab Illustration

Editing Videos in Playlist in YouTube

In this lesson we will discuss how to edit and adjusts videos in your playlist.

As always, log into your account and click on your account name.

Here you can view thumbnails to the various playlists you’ve created, including videos you’ve “liked” or selected to “Watch Later”.

In order to delete a video in my playlist or change the order they appear in my playlist or add a note about the video, here are the steps to follow.

Click on the playlist name, not the thumbnail.

AT the top of the playlist page I can click on “Edit Playlist” You see the screen change and checkboxes appear in front of the videos. I can check a video and go up to the “Actions” pull down menu. Here I can move a video to the top or bottom of my playlist or remove the video from my playlist altogether.

On the right of the thumbnail there is a message box with a “plus” sign. Here I can add a note about the video. Below that is a right pointed arrow.
If I click on that, I can adjust the start and end time of the video in my playlist.
Maybe I only interested in a small section of a video and I don’t want to search the entire video everytime.
I just move the beginning bar and end bar the position I want and click save.

ON the far right you can add a description of your playlist, allow the public to view your playlist or make it private.
You can also allow others to embed this playlist or allow them to like or dislike this playlist.

Finally, you can Delete the entire playlist if it no longer serves a need or if your interests have changed.

When you are done with my changes, I go up and click “Save”

Homework
View video “Editing Videos in a Playlist”
Log into your YouTube account
Search your playlist and choose a video to edit
Set a new start and stop point for the video and apply

Editing Videos in YouTube Illustration 1

Editing Videos in YouTube Illustration 2

Editing Videos in YouTube Illustration 3

Editing Videos in YouTube Illustration 4

Subscribing to YouTube Channels.

Like subscribing to a magazine, you can subscribe to other Youtube channels

By subscribing to a channel you will automatically have access to any updated or new videos provided on that channel.

First thing, as always, log into your account

Find a YouTube channel that you are interested in subscribing to.

Above the video click on the “Subscribe” box

When you go back to your channel and look under subscription, there on the left is the channel you just subscribed to.

If I click on that channel and then click on the subscribed button again you are provided with the options of selecting only new videos from the channel and receiving an email notification for each new video. Which you can select or not select, it’s up to you.

You can also sort the channel by newest added, oldest added, most viewed and so on.

To the right are two different viewing options for the channel. The text view provides more information about each video, you can see as I scroll over the video more information pops up.
The video thumbnail view provides less information but is easier to scroll through and find the video you want.

You can also, easily unsubscribe at the same button and you will no longer receive videos from that channel.

You can also select individual videos from the channel you subscribed to and assign them to one of your playlists.

Homework

Review video “Subscribing to YouTube Channels”
Log into your YouTube Account.
Search for a YouTube channel to subscribe to
(National Geographic, NOVA, NASA etc)
Experiment with subscription options

Subscribing to YouTube Channels Illustration 1

Subscribing to YouTube Channels Illustration 2

Final Review of YouTube for Research

This lesson is a review of the research and channel creation properties of YouTube.

Privacy Settings on YouTube.

There are ways to keep individual videos you’ve created and uploaded to YouTube (which will be covered in another course) or playlists you’ve put together, private and limit viewership to select people
For individual channels, I log into my YouTube channel , click on my channel name
and go to “Video Manager”.
At “Video Manager” click on “Uploads” on left and find the thumbnail of the video and click on “edit”
At the bottom right of the screen you can select the privacy settings

For Playlists
Go to Video Manager
Click on Playlists on the left and click on the playlist to edit privacy settings.

YouTube Privacy Setting Illustration 1

YouTube Privacy Setting Illustration 2

YouTube Privacy Setting Illustration 3

YouTube Privacy Setting Illustration 4

YouTube Privacy Setting Illustration 5