Best Practices with school-based YouTube accounts
School administrators are now able to request a school-based YouTube account (firstname.lastname@example.org). Administrators may request the creation of a school-based YouTube account by submitting a work ticket in ESS. Having a school-based YouTube account allows the school’s video content to live with the school, rather than on an individual staff member’s YouTube channel. For security purposes, these accounts cannot be used to log into any other applications other than YouTube. For more information on school-based YouTube channels, please see this best practices document.
Trouble Viewing YouTube Videos in Jeffco?
YouTube uses a safe-search filter, separate from our network filter, to keep our students from viewing inappropriate content. This can cause issues when users outside of our domain (guests and parents) try to watch videos while on our Jeffco Community network. If you are on our network, but not logged into our domain (@jeffcoschools.us account), videos not approved by Jeffco AND Google will not play. These same videos would play, without issue, at home where YouTube is not restricted. The best way to ensure that your videos will play for all users, on all networks, is to upload them from Drive, rather than link them from YouTube. For more support on this issue, please see this support document.
Google Classroom ORIGINALITY Reports & Rubrics
Originality reports and rubrics are are two newly available Google Classroom tools. Originality reports support instructors in detecting plagiarism in student work. Students can use the reports to check their work for citation accuracy and for poor paraphrasing before they submit their assignment. This allows students the opportunity to improve their work based on the feedback provided by the originality report. Google allows teachers to activate originality reports on 3 assignments per classroom.
The rubric feature creates opportunities for students to set expectations, provide feedback and evaluate student work. Educators might consider using rubrics for complex assignments that require multiple steps and/or criteria. You can attach a rubric to an assignment a way for students to reference when understanding their grades.
Read & Write for Google in Shared Drives
In becoming better acquainted with our new digital tools this year, we have discovered that PDFs stored in Shared Drives are not compatible with Read and Write PDF Reader. This is because Read and Write is tied to an individual user's account, and when files are moved into a Shared Drive, they are no longer associated with individual users. If you need to use Read and Write's features on a PDF in a shared drive, the best option is to make a copy and then move the PDF to your individual drive. Please see this help article for additional support.