Video tips, YouTube ads, and even a “YouTube tips” section have become increasingly important to the growing number of students who use the online video platform to study or learn.
Students are sharing videos, creating short-form quizzes, and creating “tutorials” on YouTube to help educate their peers and even, in some cases, help their parents with homework.
These tips can sometimes be useful, but can also be misleading, some experts say.
One YouTube tip that many educators say they’re not aware of, according to CBC News, is that videos are more likely to be uploaded as long as the source is known to be a student.
If the video is shared to a trusted friend, or shared by a student to help out in class, then the person who uploaded the video and uploaded the tip could theoretically be identified and will not have to go through the additional reporting of being a student in order to be tracked down.
The problem is, many are unsure if their friends will even know that the person uploaded the YouTube tip is a student or not, as students can’t be tagged or tagged with the content of YouTube videos and videos can only be viewed by students.
Another issue some educators say is that students who upload videos may not be aware that they are being recorded and that they should never upload videos.
This YouTube tip might seem to be helpful, but is there any way to ensure it’s not the students’ fault?
It’s also important to note that this is not a video tips tip, as many videos can be linked to an existing YouTube channel.
So if the student is able to make a new video, the teacher is not obligated to follow up on that teacher-posted video.
Some educators have also raised the concern that some videos may be used for the sake of earning money, which could cause confusion among students who are not aware they may be making a money-making venture.
“Some students are doing this for more than just money, because they’re trying to do something different with their time,” said John Gossen of the Ontario College of Teachers.
There is another aspect of YouTube tips that may be of concern to teachers: They are not necessarily in the best interest of students, experts say, adding that the best way for students to learn is to follow YouTube instruction as outlined in YouTube’s instruction guidelines.
YouTube provides guidance for students that say, “What is a question?
How do you ask that question?” but can be confusing or misleading depending on what students are looking for.
The guidelines state: “This instruction is intended to be instructional but should not be read as a substitute for the guidance of your own expert,” or that “this instruction is for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of an expert.”
It is important for teachers to understand these guidelines, as it will help them understand what content they need to share in order for their students to benefit from YouTube instruction, said Gossing.
What YouTube students should know about YouTube tips:Tip #1: “You don’t have to post in the comments.”
In the video, a teacher has a tip that she believes is helpful for her students.
What the teacher does not know, though, is this is a YouTube Tip for YouTube as they are required to only post in comments and that all YouTube videos are required by YouTube to contain “commenting in the video description.”
“You don’s” what, the YouTube Tip prompts the viewers to.
There are two ways to reply: “Yes, thanks,” or “No, thanks.”
If you are not sure which way to reply, click the “Reply” button below.
Tip #2: “Use a different source.
YouTube is not your personal library.”
YouTube is not only a repository of great content to watch.
It’s a repository also of bad content, too, as videos posted on YouTube can be categorized as “bad” or “good,” said Gissing.
“If a video was posted to Facebook, then they have to follow Facebook’s general guidelines about their video.”
So a “good” YouTube Tip could be one where the video includes the words “good or neutral” and contains no personal information or content that might prompt potential plagiarists to comment.
In other words, if a YouTube video is posted that includes some “bad things,” YouTube says it’s “good.”
But if a video posted to Tumblr has a disclaimer that says it “is not for use by individuals 18 or older,” the YouTube post could potentially be labeled as being “unfair” or a violation of the site’s Terms of Service.Tip