Learn Easy Steps: Using YouTube

Learn: Easy Steps

Activity Card: Using YouTube

Watching videos tutorials has become a popular way to learn new skills. YouTube is a popular video streaming service that allows users to upload videos as well as watch millions of videos that are stored and shared by individuals or companies. The advantage of using YouTube is that it has videos that are informative and entertaining on several topics. YouTube is a part of Google and can be used freely to watch videos, even without an account. To upload videos, users need to sign in through a Google account. In this activity, we will learn how to search for and view a video on YouTube, and how to upload a video to share with others.

What is required to use YouTube?

  • Internet connectivity
  • Google or YouTube ID and password
  • A speaker or headphones

Search for and View Videos on YouTube

  1. Start your web browser and navigate to www.youtube.com.
  2. At the top of the page, you will see a search box. Type a search word or phrase into the box.
    For example, to learn how to create a business card, type:
     “How to create a business card using Microsoft Word”
    Be as specific as you can so that you get a listing of videos that will be relevant to the skill you would like to learn.  For example, if you want to learn how to set up a printer, include the name of the printer in the search bar. Instead of searching “How to set up a printer,” type “How to set up a HP Officejet 4655.”
  3. Once you have entered the phrase in the search box, press Enter, or the search icon on the right of the search bar.
  4. A page with search results will appear. Click the video you would like to watch.
  5. The video will start playing. A toolbar is that the bottom of the video where you can pause, turn the volume up and down, make the video full screen, and in some case, turn on closed captioning.

Upload Videos on YouTube

You can easily upload your personal videos and share them with friends and colleagues or even promote a product or a service by creating a simple video that explains its benefits. You can also create your own tutorial videos to share with others.

  1. Navigate to www.youtube.com.
  2. Sign in to YouTube. If you do not already have a Google account, follow the steps on screen to setup an account.
  3. Select the upload video button on the top right of the page.
  4. Select a video to upload, or drag the video file you want to upload onto the screen.
  5. Once a file is selected, a new screen will pop up. You will see that the video has a progress bar for uploading. While it is processing, you can fill out the information on the page
  6. Enter video title. It will default to the name of the file, but you can change it.
  7. Select video privacy. Options include: Public (anyone can search for a view the video), Unlisted (anyone with the link can view the video, but it does not show up in search results), Private (only people you have chosen can view the video).
  8. Add a description of what your video is about
  9. Add tags to your video.
  10. Choose a video thumbnail. This is the image that will show on your video before it is viewed.
  11. Select video privacy. Options include: Public (anyone can search for a view the video), Unlisted (anyone with the link can view the video, but it does not show up in search results), Private (only people you have chosen can view the video).
  12.  When you have entered in the above information, and the video is done processing, select Done.
  13. You will see a link to your video that you can share with others.

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