I'll admit I don't often read documentation, and discovered this quite by accident, but if your school uses Google Apps for Education, your users can created a YouTube account with no time restrictions on videos. YouTube restricts standard users to 15 minute uploads, but your users can use their institutional Apps/Gmail username and password to set up and access a connected YouTube account. One additional authentication step - requiring a device capable of phone texting - is necessary but easy. Here's how to set it up:

Go to YouTube.com and click Sign In using your username and password as issued by your school for Google Apps (email) for Education.
Enter your complete LTSP email address (including @Ltsp.edu) and your email password. If you're already using another LTSP Google service, YouTube will display that and ask for a password.
Once you are logged into YouTube for the first time, click Upload and YouTube will ask to set up your channel. Give it a name (letters and numbers only, no spaces and no characters). Change default Location if you wish, Select Gender choice. Choose if you want others to find your channel and if you want promotional emails from YouTube. The default is to let others find your channel with your email address, you can choose if you want this. 
Click Next!
Adjust your Privacy and Sharing settings. These are social networking tools like those found on Facebook. The default is all on, I suspect you'll set default to off for course related content, but it's up to you.
Click All Done! and your channel's created.
Click off any messages YouTube gives you about new features (or follow their path if you wish...).
Click Upload again (even if you're not going to upload). Scroll down the resulting screen to the line:
Upload HD videos in various formats up to 15 minutes. Increase your limit.
Click Increase your limit. Have your cell phone ready with texting on (yes, this is Google's authentication method).
Google will ask for your phone number, enter (digits only) and Click Submit. - Google will test that number and supply a code you enter in the resulting page.
Click Verify and you can now upload files - or record a video live using your computer's webcam (you'll need to give permission to the Flash tool if asked), no separate camera needed if you are doing a narrative or reflection.
Try it out - you can always manage your videos using the pull down menu under your name and selecting Video Manager.
Once you're finished uploading or recording and publishing from the webcam, be sure to set Privacy in the video's information page. For courses where you want to restrict access, choose Unlisted and copy the supplied URL and paste into Blackboard, an email., etc. Only folks with the specific URL can view the video, though this is the only security, there is no password protection for files made available this way.
Be sure to Save Changes before continuing.
That's all you need to upload videos and share with others in a somewhat protected environment. This will function like any other YouTube account, there are lots of other choices you can make, here are some Settings (under the pulldown menu) to adjust or at least look at:
Sharing - settings only for public videos, defaults are maximum share
Manage Account - go here and turn off Advertisements (otherwise advertisements will be run when users watch a video)
- Optionally, turn off Allow viewers to automatically generate captions. Google uses its Voice technology to attempt to transcribe audio tracks into text. I have seen some surprisingly good and, equally, some bizarre results. Leaving this on will make this a default user choice if Google is able to do a transcription when asked. Transcription files can be edited through the interface. 

Faculty can use this to upload lecture videos, use the webcam option to record right at their desktop, or upload any other legal content. Students can do the same, useful for class assignments using video, recording and sharing sermon assignments in homiletics, etc., and in all cases by using the settings above will restrict viewing to only those who have the URL. YouTube can convert most video formats, so Mac and Windows users can create and share videos, and since files are streamed, not downloaded, users watch the videos without downloading and in browser ready Flash or iOS compatible HTML5. One of these file formats will work with pretty much any Windows or Mac machine, and YouTube does the conversion. Uploading large non-compressed files can take a long time, best to use a file format like MPEG4 or other compressed format.

Have you used YouTube for Google Apps. What to you think? How do you use it in teaching and learning?

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Talked one of the LTSP faculty through this for a specific use. I mentioned above that YouTube does machine transcriptions - which can be very good, and do not require training and special devices like commercial products. The faculty member is going to do an interview, record it on video and then move the video to YouTube, where she will have both the audio and the transcription (which can be downloaded as a text file, edited and uploaded - important when you get deep into theology or church history, for instance, where the words may be beyond Google's ability to understand much less transcribe properly. She plans to use the transcript to help in writing an article so the doesn't need to transcribe the whole file manually. Yes, the same voice technology is in Android, but she's not an Android user. Besides, with the video she has a reference and a transcript.


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