A simple and easy way to share video material with students in your class is by creating a YouTube playlist. This playlist can be shared by email or embedded in a VLE, and can be updated as and when you wish.

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Creating a playlist

1 You have a YouTube account as part of your google account. To access it, sign into your gmail and click on the apps launcher (1). Click ‘More from Google’ (2) and then choose YouTube (3).

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2 Click ‘Sign in’. Your profile picture should appear in the top right (NB: If this is the first time you’ve used your YouTube account, you will have to confirm your name and date of birth).

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3 Find a video you want to add to your playlist. Click on the + sign below the video (1) and click ‘Create a new playlist’ (2).

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4 Give your playlist a name (1) and click ‘Public’ (2). From the drop-down list, select ‘Unlisted’ (3) and click ‘Create’ (4). Your video will be automatically added to the playlist.

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Adding videos to a playlist

To add videos to an existing playlist, click on the + sign and choose the desired playlist from the drop-down list.

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You can also add videos directly from the list of search results by clicking on the three dots and then selecting from the drop-down list.

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Sharing your playlist

1 In YouTube, click on the three lines in the top left (1). Your most recent playlist may appear at the top of the list, or you can find any of your playlists by clicking ‘Library’ (2).

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2 Click ‘Share’ (1) below the title of your playlist. Copy the link (2) and paste it into an email or your VLE. Note that, by ticking the box (3), you can allow other users to add videos to the playlist. This can be useful if you share a class or want your students to crowdsource videos.

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Final tip: You can add a description of your playlist by clicking ‘Add a description’ (1). You can also change how videos appear (e.g. newest first) by clicking ‘Playlist settings’ (2) and choosing from the various options there.

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