If you are reading this blog, you were probably just approved up as a SchoolTube moderator – welcome! If you are new to SchoolTube, we are a K-12 focused site that offers free, safe video hosting for K-12 teachers, school administrators and students. This article will help you understand the role of channels and playlists on SchoolTube.
After setting up your account, the next step is to upload videos (learn how). This can be done in several ways and is found under the Add Media link. Uploaded videos are collected and displayed under your My Media link. This is just a big storage area where your videos collect and can be managed. You can share individual videos from My Media (learn how), but many SchoolTube users choose to set up Channels and Playlists for improved organization and better sharing options. Not all your videos under My Media may be worthy of or require sharing, so you can have videos parked under My Media that never or later appear in a Channel.
A Channel is a collection of videos that you want to share as a group. A Channel Playlist sits under a channel and is a collection of videos in a set sequence. You can share a channel with others but you cannot share a playlist under a channel independently. To share a Channel Playlist, you share the URL of the Channel. Please note, there is a also a different type of playlist on SchoolTube, that is an INDEPENDENT playlist, which can be shared in its entirely by embedding it into a web page. For more information on the differences between Independent and Channel Playlists, watch this video.
Watch now! Creating Channels & Playlists on SchoolTube
While you don’t necessarily need to set up a channel or playlist to share your videos on SchoolTube, as a teacher or school administrator, you might find it very useful to do so – especially if you create a lot of lesson videos.
To illustrate this point, here are a couple very common channel examples:
Ms. Jones Math Channel
- Playlist 1: Algebra I (lesson 1,2,3,4, etc)
- Playlist 2: Algebra II (lesson 1,2,3,4, etc)
- Playlist 3 Calculus (lesson 1,2,3,4, etc)
Here is an example for a Media Department
- School TV News Channel
- August Shows, Sept Shows, Oct. Shows, etc.
- School Events
- Athletics Channel
- Basket Ball, Football, Baseball
- Athletics Channel
Every registered use on SchoolTube has the ability to create unlimited channels and playlists, even students. Channels are a great way to create a digital portfolio of their work that can be shared on high school and college applications
We hope these link, video and brief description and links to our How-to guides help you understand the role of Channels and Playlists on SchoolTube. Be sure to visit the SchoolTube How-To Channel to learn more about maximizing and using your SchoolTube account – see I just shared a channel!