For many educators these days, YouTube is an integral tool in their teaching toolbox.
But every teacher I know also deals with “hover-finger”; the concern that something inappropriate might show up in front of the class – and they’ll have to click away in an instant . How many of us have clicked away from something quickly while apologizing to our students? Inappropriate comments, distasteful ads, etc?
We’ve all been there.
With ViewPure you can “strip” a YouTube video of (most of) the surrounding junk – things like advertisements, tons of related videos on the side or at the end of the video, and comments that don’t contribute to the conversation.
I decided to test it out with Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off video, which itself is relatively tame, but may be prone to a lot of unnecessary comments and could bring up related videos that are a little sexier than we might want to show in class.
As teachers we can deal with a lot of the junk we have to filter through on YouTube, but the one that always bothers me the most is the 15-30 second mandatory commercial before hand. These don’t always pop up, but it’s such a buzz-kill in class making students sit through a commercial. I did find a pre-roll commercial for the Swift video on YouTube, but was happy to see that it didn’t show up on ViewPure.
YouTube commenters can be harsh in their judgements and certainly aren’t considering what’s appropriate in the classroom when they say whatever it is they have to day. Additionally, all the videos and ads that normally load up next to the video can create quite a distraction. ViewPure strips those all away:
Finally, at the end of videos we always see the screen load up with extras. Let’s compare how the last seconds look on a YouTube page vs. on a ViewPure page:
Admittedly, ViewPure can’t take away everything, there will always be some ads and some distractions that get through, but if they can take care of 90% of the work for us, it’s worth bookmarking.
For those who are regular YouTubers, you may not be aware that there are a number of useful hotkey shortcuts that can save you time instead of clicking around the screen all the time. Most people know that you can tap the space bar to pause videos, but do you know all the other hidden functions your keyboard can help you out with?
Try out these shortcuts, after a few times through you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them!
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When you’ve got a YouTube video up, you may want to mess around with the mouse every time you want to do something simple. Use these shortcuts to save yourself time and effort in the classroom.
Note: These shortcuts DO NOT seem to work when using ViewPure.
|Space||Play / Pause|
|→||Advance 5 Seconds|
||Rewind 5 Seconds|
|1, 2, 3…
||Hit the number keys to jump forward through the video by 10%, 20%, 30%, etc respectively|