Audio Review # 91 | YouTube For Kids GIves Adults Full YouTube Control

Overview

Google recently dropped the YouTube for Kids into the universe and it is picking up plenty of attention.  I downloaded, read about and played with the app for a little.  It appears the app’s goal was to fulfill three specific needs:

  1. Provide parent or teacher control over how students interact with the app.  This includes time spent on the app, content search, sound settings and more.
  2. A design interface aimed at younger audiences.  It is nice, big and very visual
  3. A kid friendly set of channels that pop up right away when you open the app.  THey have developed relationships with groups such as PBS, Barney, Strawberry Shortcake and Dreamworks TV.

I like its design, ease of use and focus on kid friendly content. It generally does what you would expect.

Concerns

Do we really want our younger students interacting with video?  This makes me feel safer as a teacher, and thus encourages me to pull out the iPad for students.  Is that good?

Sample Uses

  • A safe way to teach students how to search
  • A great site for finding video worth sharing or using in a report or project
  • Nice place to hang out for downtime.

Do I Plan to Use It?

I think so.  Next year when I am teaching younger students in Thailand, I will have this app installed on their iPads.

Commitment and Learning Curve

Low commitment and learning curve.   People will already be familiar with how it works and will go to it.

Best for ES MS or HS?

For sure the ES.  I would say grades three and below will find it helpful.

Cost

Free

Website Link

Search for it in the Google Play or iOS store

Further reading

http://youtube-global.blogspot.hk/2015/02/youtube-kids.html

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