YouTube now has more than 1,000 educational channels

Yesterday was World Teachers’ Day and Google has some news to share. YouTube has hit a new milestone: the video sharing website now features more than 1,000 educational channels.

In celebration of teachers everywhere, Google has put together some new resources to make YouTube even more useful for learning. Oh, and the site also has a new logo showing off a chalkboard and an apple, hitting two teacher stereotypes in one shot!

First off, Google has created a YouTube EDU Creator Playbook Guide, which includes videos (of course!) that outline best practices for online educators to learn from each other. The guide lays out ideas for organizing curriculum videos on YouTube, attracting a bigger audience to educational content you create, and explains how to use YouTube features like annotations and playlists.

Secondly, Google recently asked James Sanders, KIPP Bay Area Innovation manager, to create a presentation on 10 ways teachers can use YouTube to build a 21st century classroom. You can check it out on Google Docs now. The company claims “it’s full of great, proven ideas for using YouTube to bring educational topics to life.”

Last but not least, Google is pushing everyone to check out, the main portal for teachers who use YouTube. If you want to have your educational channel added to YouTube EDU, you can nominate it here.

For those who don’t know, World Teachers’ Day has been held annually on October 5 since 1994. Its aim is two-fold: to commemorate teachers’ organizations and their work around the world, as well as to get more people to support teachers so that future generations can continue to be educated.

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