Show YouTube Videos WITHOUT Ads or Comments

NOTE: It has come to our attention that the tip we shared yesterday may not work in every district. Each school district is responsible for their own web filtering according to their district policies. We apologize for any confusion that this may have caused. You should always contact the individuals responsible for filter management and policies for any issues related to access to websites you need for classroom instruction.

Several times in the last month I have been asked if there is a way to show YouTube videos without the ads. My only solution up to this point has been to suggest getting YouTube Premium which costs $11.99 a month and there is no easy way for schools to purchase for all their teachers. read more

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Keyboard Shortcuts for YouTube

Incorporating YouTube videos into your lesson plans is a simple and interesting way to enhance student engagement and promote class discussion. However, navigating with a mouse or track pad by pointing and clicking can be tricky and slow.

Guess what! There are keyboard shortcuts that make it easier and faster to navigate any video on YouTube. You can use keyboard shortcuts to easily fast forward a YouTube video, mute, turn on or off closed captions and a lot more.

Keyboard Shortcut Function
f Enter or exit full screen
k  or Spacebar Toggle play/pause the video
c Turn on/off closed captions
+ Increase cc font size
Decrease cc font size
j Move backward 10 seconds
l Move forward 10 seconds
← (Arrow left key) Move backward 5 seconds
→ (Arrow right key) Move forward 5 seconds
m Mute/unmute volume
↑(Arrow up key) Increase volume 5%
↓(Arrow down key) Decrease volume 5%
Number keys (1, 2, 3…) Skip to a particular section of the video

(e.g. 1=10%, 5=50% or video midpoint, 9=90%)

Shift > Speed up a video
Shift < Slow down a video to watch in slo-mo
0 / Home key Return to beginning of video
End (for MAC fn ▶) Go to end of video
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Cue a YouTube Video to Begin at a Specific Time

When sharing a Youtube video, you may want your students to begin watching the clip at a specific starting point. This will save your students from having to watch irrelevant content like advertisements and it saves precious time!

To accomplish this, follow the below steps:

While viewing a Youtube video, pause clip to where you want students to begin watching

YouTube Screenshot

Click on the SHARE button below video

YouTube Share Button

The SHARE screen appears

YouTube URL

Click on START AT. You will notice that the video URL changes. Then, click on COPY to copy the link to your clipboard read more

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