YouTube videos

  • Students can view whitelisted YouTube videos while on campus only in these situations:
    • when using a networked district Windows computer, such as in a library or computer lab.
    • when using a take-home student Chromebook at BHS.
The district has implemented YouTube Smart Play in its Lightspeed web filter. This allows whitelisted educational YouTube videos to be played by students while on a district lab computer and on the take-home Chromebooks at BHS.

To ensure this works as intended, teachers must plan ahead and submit in advance any YouTube videos or channels they wish to have "whitelisted" for student viewing.

First you will need to check if the video/channel is already whitelisted:

A. Copy the video or channel URL to your clipboard
  1. In another tab of your web browser, open the video or channel you wish to check on.
  2. Click in the address bar of that tab to highlight the video URL and press CTRL+C to copy it to your clipboard. 
    • Please do NOT submit a YouTube sharing shortcut like https://youtu.be/... as those are always blocked. Instead, follow step 2 as instructed to obtain a URL like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=... for a video or like https://www.youtube.com/user/... for a channel.
B. Check to see if Lightspeed has already whitelisted it:
  1. Open the Lightspeed Database Lookup.
  2. With the cursor in the Domain box, press CTRL+V to past the video or channel URL there.
  3. Hit the Search button.
  4. The next screen will say Submit YouTube URL. 
    1. If the Category: says education.videos then the video is already whitelisted for student viewing by Lightspeed and you do NOT need to submit it for whitelisting.
    2. If the Category: says something else, such as Unknown, it is blocked for students. You can enter your email address and a reason to request it be whitelisted, but for faster local whitelisting, proceed to section C below.
C. If a YouTube* video or channel is not in the education.videos category, then paste the URL for the video or channel into an email to your site Help Desk ticket writer, asking them to submit a ticket to have that video whitelisted.

We are no longer using a separate Google Form for YouTube whitelisting requests. Instead, follow the above directions in section C to have a Help Desk ticket filed at your site.

    *Smart Play whitelisting can only be done for YouTube videos and channels, not those on Vimeo or other services.
    Smart Play

    Frequently Asked Questions:


    Why can't Chromebooks at the elementary and middle schools use YouTube Smart Play?
    We have to deploy YouTube Smart Play by grade level and have to purchase enough licenses, at $15 each, to cover all Chromebooks any student would access. We currently don't have sufficient funding to provide that below grade 9. However, in 2019-20 YouTube Smart Play will be deployed across grades 6-12. So for now, students must use non-dedicated computer labs at the elementary and middle schools to access authorized YouTube videos.

    Can I upload my own videos for students to watch?
    Yes, but be careful about copyright restrictions and set any videos featuring students to UNLISTED status. If you plan to upload a bunch of videos, setup your own YouTube Channel and have your site submit a Help Desk ticket to have that channel whitelisted so that all videos you upload to it will be unblocked.

    Please understand that simply adding videos on YouTube created by others in a playlist on your own whitelisted channel does NOT allow them to be viewed by students. Only videos you upload yourself to your channel will be viewable.

    What YouTube channels does the district already have?
    On which district computers can whitelisted YouTube videos be viewed by students?
    At this time they can be viewed by students on desktop computers at any of our schools.

    At this time YouTube videos CANNOT be viewed on student Chromebooks while on the district network EXCEPT for the take-home Chromebooks at BHS. (The take-home Chromebooks should have the Lightspeed Relay extension on them, which enables YouTube SmartPlay.)

    What about blocked websites?
    YouTube Smart Play has NO effect on other blocked websites or videos from Vimeo, etc. There are two ways for a teacher to have an appropriate website unblocked for students:
    • If the filter triggers and provides a screen explaining the block and shows a Submit for Review button, use it! That request goes directly to our Technology Services department, not Lightspeed.
    • If the site is blocked, but you only see a This site can't be reached screen or you see the filter screen but no Submit for Review button, copy the web address and paste it into an email to your site Help Desk ticket writer. Provide some explanation of what you were trying to access and they can work with the principal and submit a Help Desk ticket for review by Tech Services if they agree it appears the site should not be blocked.