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YouTube is a video sharing platform where you can view, post, comment, create playlists and even edit video.

In this unit, you will learn how to:

  • search for suitable video content

  • subscribe to YouTube channels and playlists

  • set up a playlist

  • share playlists

  • create a YouTube Channel.

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of Google Drive and Google Chrome is assumed. It is highly recommended that if you do not already have a good understanding of these you should complete the Getting Started With Google Drive and Getting Started With G Suite online modules before attempting this module. A basic knowledge of searching is also advised.


To ensure satisfactory completion, you are required to complete all Try This activities included in the module. These are contained in blue text boxes throughout the module.


On finishing the module, an evaluation form will also need to be completed. In order to complete this form, you will be required to share a link to to a folder in Google Drive containing a Google Doc that demonstrates the activities that have been completed. Instructions explaining how to do this are provided within the module below. Please note that links shared with CEM staff for verification purposes will NOT be shared with any other individual or organisation.


Completion of the Try This activities and evaluation form will ensure that your Professional Learning hours are validated through My PL (IPLS). Credit for two hours of professional learning will be awarded to you following satisfactory completion of this course.


If this is the first online module that you have completed, you will need to create a new folder in your Google Drive titled CEM Online Modules_Your name. Within this folder, create a Google Doc and name it YouTube_Your Name. If you are unsure about how to do this, please complete the Getting Started With Google Drive and Getting Started With G Suite online modules before attempting this module.


As part of the activities, you may be required to take screenshots of your work. Click here if you need instructions for doing this. Instructions for different operating systems are included.


Table Of Contents


  1. Section 1: The Basics

Activity 1.1: Signing in to YouTube

Activity 1.2: Searching for content

Activity 1.3: Playing a video

Activity 1.4: Bookmarking  a video 

  1. Section 2: Personalising YouTube

Activity 2.1: Creating a channel

Activity 2.2: Create and manage playlists

Activity 2.3:Sharing a playlist

Activity 2.4: Subscribing to a Channel

  1. Section 3: Customising YouTube

Activity 3.1: Creator Studio

Activity 3.2: Video Manager

Activity 3.3: Uploading a video

Activity 3.4: Enhancements

Activity 3.5: YouTube Live Stream

Activity 3.6: Collaborating in YouTube

  1. Overview of Tasks covered

  2. Links and resources

  3. Evaluation Form

Section 1: The basics

Activity 1.1: Signing in to YouTube

In order to access many of the functions in YouTube you will need to make sure you are signed in to Google with a school account.

  • Sign into Google:

  • Go to www.youtube.com or click on the App Launcher from within Google Drive and then scroll down until you see the YouTube icon:

  •  Click on the icon to go to YouTube:

YouTube Search Home.jpg

Activity 1.2: Searching for content

A range of content is available via YouTube including TV shows, music videos, documentaries, audio recordings, trailers and vlogging. To search for content:


  • Use the search bar at the top of the screen:



Searching YouTube is very similar to a Google Chrome search. If you are not familiar with the way Google Chrome works you should complete the Google Chrome online module before continuing with this module.

  • Type in your search term e.g. ‘Frogs’. When you hot enter and the search results are returned, a filters option appears:



Searching by filter can narrow down your search results to save you time and give you more accurate results:

You can now filter by:

  • Upload date

  • Type

  • Duration

  • Features

  • ‘Sort by’ categories


Some of the newer filters added to YouTube include 4K (a high definition category), 360° (videos in 360°), 3D and Live:



Note that some search filters may not be available on all YouTube mobile apps:

  • Mobile browser (m.youtube.com): Tap the drop-down menu next to the search box.

  • YouTube for iOS: Tap the filter filter results icon

  • YouTube for Android: Tap the filters   at the top of the search screen results.

Activity 1.3: Playing a video

Once you have found content, there are a number of ways to playback video. The first is from within the browser:


YouTube Play Home.jpg


Playing a video from within the browser will also show content around the video including comments, information and related content. To avoid these distractions it is possible to play videos in fullscreen mode. To do this:


  • Click the fullscreen button at the bottom right of the viewing screen .


It is also possible to access a number of other options by clicking on the Settings button at the bottom of the video:


For many videos, closed captions/subtitles are also available. These can be turned on and off by clicking on the closed captions icon at the bottom of the video. These can be useful for students who struggle to understand the speaker or when reviewing a lengthy instructional video.


Activity 1.4: Bookmarking a video

Often you may find a suitable video for your class at home or after hours at school and when you go to play the video, you may need to search for it again. To avoid this issue, YouTube has its own bookmarking system called Watch Later. When you find a suitable video that you would like to bookmark:


  • Sign into Google

  • Click on the Add to button underneath the name of the owner of the video: 

  • Tick the Watch Later box to add your video to the Watch Later list: 




TRY THIS… Bookmark a video


  1. Find a suitable video for an upcoming lesson..

  2. Add the video to your Watch Later list.

  3. Take a screenshot of your Watch Later list and add it to the document YouTube_Your Name that you created at the start of this online course.


Section 2: Personalising YouTube

Activity 2.1: Creating a channel

Having your own YouTube channel allows you to have a public presence on YouTube. This allows you to upload videos, make comments or make playlists.

To create a personal channel:

  • Sign in to your Google account

  • Try to do anything that needs a channel such as uploading a video, posting a comment or creating a playlist

  • You will be prompted to create a channel

  • Check the details that appear and create your channel

Activity 2.2: Creating and managing playlists

Create a new playlist

A playlist is a collection of videos. Anyone can create and share a playlist. To create a new playlist:

  • Find a video you want to add to a playlist

  • Underneath the name of the video’s creator click on the Add to icon

  • Select Create a new playlist

  • Enter a name for your playlist

  • From the drop down menu at the bottom of the window select your playlist’s privacy settings. Setting your playlist to Public means anyone can find your playlist while Private means no one can find it when they search YouTube:


  • Click Create.

Add to an existing playlist

Public playlists can be added to if you want to add your own videos to someone else’s playlist. To copy someone else’s playlist:

  • Click on the title of the playlist to open it

  • Click on the More icon .

  • Select Add all to… :

  • Add the videos to a new playlist or to an existing one.  


TRY THIS… Create a playlist


  1. Create a new playlist by adding a video.

  2. Add at least two more videos under the same theme to develop your playlist.

  3. Copy the URL or the Share link of the playlist and add it to the document you created at the start of this module.

Activity 2.3: Sharing a playlist


Once you have a playlist or several playlists you now have the ability to share them. To Share your playlist:

  • Click on your profile picture in the top right of your screen

  • Click on Creator Studio:


  • Click on Video Manager

  • Underneath Video Manager click on Playlists

  • Click the Share button

  • Copy the link or the embed code.

Sharing a video

It is also possible to share a video from a specific point in the video:

  • Click the Share tab at the bottom of the video

  • Tick the checkbox under the URL to ensure the video begins at a specific time if you don’t want the people you share the video with to watch the entire video.


It is possible to share the video with a number of different social media sites provided you have an account with each. To do this:

  • Click on the relevant logo: 

Videos can also be embedded into websites or blogs. To embed a video:

  • Click on the Share icon under the name of the video

  • Click the Embed icon: 


  • Select the required settings for options including video size, whether or not suggested videos are shown and if the title and actions are to be included

  • Copy the iframe code: 

  • Insert the code where required.


It is now possible to share videos with family and friends directly on YouTube. You can also chat about them from within YouTube, reply with other videos, invite others into the conversation and more:

A new way to share on YouTube

Activity 2.4: Subscribing to a channel


A YouTube channel is a page where all videos uploaded by a user are kept in one place. You may want to subscribe to a channel because you like the theme of the videos or the content is related to something that you are doing in class and you feel that future videos or even past videos are of value to you. Subscribing to a channel means you will receive an email notification any time new videos are added. To subscribe:

  • Click the Subscribe icon below the title of the video: 


To Unsubscribe:

  • Click the Subscribe button again.


Alistair Cohen explains what it means to subscribe in the following video:

YouTube Video

Liking a video

When signed in with your Google account it is possible to record if you like or dislike a particular video by clicking on the thumbs up (like) or thumbs down (dislike) images underneath a particular video: 


This can help YouTube provide suggestions for you to watch on your home page.


TRY THIS… Subscribe to a channel


  1. Find at least 2 YouTube videos either you like or regularly watch.

  2. Subscribe to 2 videos.

  3. Click the dashes on the top left of your YouTube page to view your subscriptions.

  4. Take a screenshot of at least 2 YouTube channels you have subscribed to and add the screenshot to your Google Doc.

Section 3: Customising YouTube

Activity 3.1: Creator Studio

Creator Studio allows you to organise your channel, manage your videos and interact with anyone who subscribes to your videos.

To access Creator Studio:

  • Click on your user button in the top right corner of the YouTube page: 


  • Click on the Creator Studio icon: 

YouTube Personalise Channel Creator Studio.jpg


  • Information about your channel can be added via the Upload defaults tab under the channel heading: 


  • A description can be added here: 

YouTube Personalise Description and Channel Art.jpg


  • Channel art can also be added: 

YouTube Personalise Channel Art.jpg


Descriptions can be up to 1000 characters in length while the recommended size for channel art is 2560 x 1440. Google Drawings can be used to create channel art. If you are not familiar with Google Drawings you can complete the Google Drawings online course.Given the dimensions of the different screens users may use to view videos it is important to make sure any text you add is centred in your channel art. A suitable template is available.


Other settings can be adjusted in Channel Settings: 

YouTube Personalise Channel Settings.jpg

Activity 3.2: Video Manager

Video manager enables you to edit titles, descriptions, categories and other advanced settings of videos that you have uploaded.

To access Video Manager:

  • Go to the main menu: 

  • Click My Channel

  • Click on the Video Manager tab: 


Video Manager allows editing of your videos. You will be able to change information and settings, use enhancements and add royalty-free audio tracks provided by YouTube. You can add cards to add interactivity and even set subtitles.


Activity 3.3: Uploading a video

YouTube has now made it extremely easy to upload a your own video to YouTube. There are now at least 9 popular formats that YouTube supports. To upload a video:

  • Click on the upload button at the top right of your home page:

Two options are provided:

  • Upload a video file from your computer or drive

  • Go Live


Your video can be Public (the default setting), Unlisted (viewers will need the URL to watch the video) or Private (only specific people can view the video).


The uploading page also give you other options.These are:


  • import videos from Google Photos

  • live streaming.

Activity 3.4: Enhancements

Some changes can be made to videos as they are uploaded using Enhancement features.

Using your channel's Video Manager you can edit your videos within YouTube. Settings such as colour, stabilising, speed, length, filters and blur can all be adjusted:

YouTube Customise Creator Enhancement.png


YouTube provides an extensive audio library allowing you to add a soundtrack to your video:


YouTube Customise Editor Audio.png

Adding clickable content

It is possible to add extra content to videos where viewers can click on links to other content or undertake a poll (as long as your video is longer than 25 seconds). These can be added during the video or at the end:


YouTube Customise Editor Cards 2.png


YouTube Customise Editor Cards.png 

Activity 3.5: YouTube Live Stream

Live streaming was added to YouTube in 2011 as a way of recording events in real time. Although the video can be trimmed later on, there is no post-production added.


To create a stream:

  • Click on Creator Studio

  • Click on Live Streaming

  • Click on Event


If this is the first time then YouTube asks requires the completion of a verification process. A once off, this is done by telephone, either by sending a text or via an automated voice call. When complete, an event can then be scheduled:


YouTube Customise Live Create an Event.jpg


Once a new event is created, a range of basic information and settings can be adjusted, including the title, title, tags, privacy and description. You can also choose between Hangouts on Air, using the webcam, or custom encoding options:


YouTube Customise Live Info and Settings.jpg


There are a range of advanced settings that can also be adjusted including category, comments and licensing:

YouTube Customise Live Advanced Settings.jpg


Stream Now provides more options around production, third-party encoders, analytics and engagement. This includes the ability to add cards to the video with further content, live chat to interact with viewers, as well as adjusting the workspace associated with streaming by moving around the various elements on the streaming page.


YouTube Customise Live Stream Now Encoder.jpg

Activity 3.6: Collaborating in YouTube

In addition to being able to create content, YouTube offers a range of ways to collaborate.


In the settings there is the option to add collaborators to a playlist. This either involves directly adding the accounts for the various users or sharing a link which people can access:


YouTube Customise Collaborate Playlist.png

Sharing Videos

Another means of collaborating is by adding a private video and sharing it with various users:


YouTube Customise Collaboration Sharing Private Video.png


Two options are provided: one to share directly with users and another to share with anyone within the organisation. This can be useful when sharing videos just within a school:


YouTube Customise Collaboration Share Video.png

YouTube Apps for portable devices

Apps are both available for IOS and Android at the Apps Store and Google Play Store



TRY THIS… Create a channel

  1. Create your own YouTube channel.

  2. Write a description for your channel.

  3. Add some channel art.

  4. Take a screenshot of your channel’s title, artwork and description and add it to your Google Doc.


Overview of tasks covered

Here is an overview of the tasks covered through this module:




Try This Tasks


The Basics

  1. Bookmark a video


Personalising YouTube

  1. Create a playlist

  2. Subscribe to a channel


Customising YouTube

  1. Create a channel


Links and resources

  1. The YouTube help center provides further resources related to YouTube.

  2. YouTube Training center

  3. Ken Bauer has a video tutorial covering the use of YouTube Live.

  4. Kristen Hicks has written an article providing suggestions for the use of YouTube in the classroom.

  5. Liza Brown discusses the benefits of using YouTube with students and provides a number of tips for getting the most out of its use.

  6. Sue Waters discusses the issues of copyright, fair use and creative commons when using YouTube.

  7. Elle Smith discusses the use of YouTube for flipping your classroom.

  8. eChalk discusses the importance of allowing students to have access to YouTube at school.


Congratulations on completing the YouTube module! Please complete the evaluation form below. This will ensure that Professional Learning hours are validated through My PL (IPLS).


YouTube Module Evaluation


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