YouTube is the giant that we all think of when it is time to publish our videos or those of our students. And while it can be an appropriate choice for publishing your videos and your students’ videos, it’s not ideal for every situation. Fortunately, there are some other convenient ways to share videos privately and publicly. There are the alternatives to using YouTube that I recommend more often than any others. Those are Google Drive, OneDrive, and Flipgrid.
How to Share Videos Through Google Drive
This is a great option for schools that use G Suite for Education. You and your students can upload videos to Google Drive and then share them as you would share any other file. You can use the advanced sharing options (hidden in a little menu on the sharing pop-up box) to prevent downloading of the videos. Of course, once a video is in Google Drive you can share it via Google Classroom. Finally, if you’re looking to showcase a collection of videos in one place, you can insert them directly into a Google Site. This video will show you how to share a video through Google Drive. This video demonstrates how to place videos in Google Sites.
How to Share Videos Through OneDrive
In some ways I prefer sharing videos through OneDrive to doing the same through Google Drive. That is because OneDrive provides options to set a password for accessing shared videos and provides an option to set an expiration date on a shared video. Watch my short video to see how you can use OneDrive to share videos publicly and privately.
How to Share Videos Through Flipgrid
The Google Drive and OneDrive options are available for teachers and students. The Flipgrid option is a good one for teachers who want to publish short (under five minutes) videos for their students to watch in a closed environment. You can upload your video to have your students view it in your classroom grid. Here’s a demo of how to do that.