Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Google Domain and YouTube

My school district blocked YouTube until the end of the last school year. Because of that I only used YouTube occasionally when I wanted to post a video quickly on my blog, website, or wiki. Since it was for students and parents to view from home, YouTube was the best option. I also use SchoolTube, TeacherTube, and Vimeo. Now that my district has a Google domain, YouTube is no longer blocked, and YouTube can be tied into your Google account I found I became stuck in a position that may be valuable for others to know about. Since October I have been using YouTube through my school Google account. It was nice because I had a personal YouTube account and a school YouTube account.

Then two days ago, wonderful Richard Byrne, tweeted about one of my articles from this blog. What do you know? All of a sudden there are retweets, tons of hits on my blog, and subscribers to my somewhat new school YouTube channel. So cool!!! Then I realized that I should check to see if I could add another email address to my school YouTube account. That way if I lost my school email address some day, I would have an option to keep posting videos for those who, so excitingly to me, subscribed to my videos. Turns out there is nothing that can be done. If I ever left my district, not that I plan to because I love my job, I would no longer have control of my school YouTube account. I am glad that I figured this out before it was too late and too hard to fix. I am hoping that this post will help those teachers who also have been using YouTube through their school district's Google domain.

I added a video to my school YouTube channel asking people to subscribe to my n13gleason channel and posted a statement in a few different places. I tried to change settings to get rid of the subscribe button. I think that only made it so that subscribers are no longer visible. If anyone else has any other ideas, I would love to hear/read about them and I hope this article helps others from making the same mistake I did. A lot of school districts are moving towards Google domains and for the most part Google Apps can be shared with more than one email address giving it's user the opportunity to control their work and content from other accounts, unfortunately not with YouTube.

Just because I like to post a video or picture with all of my articles, here is my sad and quickly made YouTube video asking viewers to subscribe to my n13gleason channel instead of my school one. Enjoy!!!