Thursday, January 10, 2013

Google on Apple: YouTube

A frequently touched upon theme here on this blog is the usefulness of YouTube as a visual teaching tool, and it keeps evolving as a resource.  For example, recently with the iOS6 update, Apple removed the native YouTube app.  I had previously recommended Jasmine as a replacement, and this is still a perfectly nice app, but Google then produced their own new (free) YouTube app for iPhone and then updated it to be universal for iPad. You can, as always, still see YouTube videos in the Safari app as well.

The iPad app works as you would expect it to, and has a very nice, clean interface as many of the new Google apps do. The nifty addition of voice search (using the microphone in the upper right corner) and sign-in capabilities allowing you to subscribe to "channels" or add videos to playlists, are nice touches.  One of the issues when the native app disappeared is that many people, including families of kids with autism who used the app extensively to provide entertainment to their children, lost the "favorite" lists that were saved in that app and only in that app. With sign-in, all favorites will be saved to your Google account.

Google's New YouTube App
If YouTube is blocked at your school, or you do not have wifi access in your building, you can also consider saving YouTube videos for later viewing using apps such as PlayTube-Offline Player for YouTube (free). Simply search for a video and tap Cache, and the video will be saved for playing within the app, regardless of where you are.  Do keep in mind that caching video consumes storage on your device.


  1. Hi Sean, I attended your recent workshop in New Brunswick and enjoyed it, thanks. I have a question for you; I'm trying to come up with an easy way to share videos with a family of a client receiving IBI (preschool) that has divorced parents and other family members that would like to frequently observe the child's sessions. I love the high level of family involvement, and would love a way to post regular videos of our sessions in a confidential way (which is why you tube doesn't seem to be the best). Any suggestions?

    1. you can try sharing select (short) vids to Google Drive and share the file with a family member w/google account, or use dropbox in similar way. Good idea to have family sign release to accept this method as neither resource guarantees confidentiality. Besides that, I think you are best confined to DVDs. I do know there are websites used in tele practice situations that have more safeguards, but not sure what they are exactly- good luck!