My team and I have worked hard to create hundreds of science demonstration and how-to videos available on YouTube and our SteveSpanglerScience.com site for teachers, parents and students. But we hear from a lot of teachers who are frustrated that YouTube videos are blocked at their school. They cannot watch a video to work on a lesson for their students and they cannot show the videos to their class. The blocks are usually placed at the district level and it can be difficult to get them removed.
Teresa, an 8th grade science teacher at John Glenn Middle School, wanted to watch our science videos on YouTube so she submitted a request to the district. When they asked for the reasons why she needed the site, Teresa copy and pasted all 9 California State Standards along with the more than 50 sub-standards on her request.
Her request was approved within 24 hours.
“All of Spangler’s videos can be linked to a standard any where in the country. What I discovered, is anytime I put in a request that I linked to standards, it gets approved,” says Teresa.
If our site or videos are blocked by your district, try linking your district’s standards to our videos or lessons. That may help grease the wheels and get the process approved.