OK, so I am out of order. If you read last week’s blog you will remember that I wrote that I needed to take a step back, but promised to do so.
“I promise I will go back and provide the information you need.”
See, told you. Anyway, for this week’s blog I am going to show you how to establish your own YouTube channel, so that you can upload materials for your students, family, or whomever. It’s really pretty easy, so let’s do this!
First step (obviously) is to head over to YouTube. At the top right part of the screen you should find the “Sign in” button. Go ahead and click on it.
Once you do that, the next screen will prompt you to either log in or create a new account (which is what we are here to do), so we will click on the latter’s link to create an account and Gmail address to be associated with this account.
The next screen is where you will create the new Google Account (to be associated with your new YouTube account). Go ahead and fill this out as you wish. Clicking on the link labelled “I would like a new Gmail address” does just that – it helps you create a new Gmail address. The reason it is there, is because it is Google, and they want you to use their email tool. Simple as that, really.
Here’s an example of the page filled out. I created an arbitrary account for the purpose of this blog. You will note a couple of things:
- Once you click on the “I would like a new Gmail address” link (as mentioned above), the link changes to “I prefer to use my current email address.”
- If you choose the former, an extra entry blank appears (“Your current email address”). Google will use this email account to send you a verification email in order to finalize the Gmail/YouTube account.
Click on the blue “Next step” at the bottom of the page. A pop-up screen will appear, giving you a chance to read Google’s Privacy and Terms. Use the scroll bar to the right to scroll down. Doing so will activate the “I AGREE” button. Click on it (if you agree, obviously).
The Google family welcomes you on the next page with… well, a welcome page.
After you click on the blue “Continue to YouTube” button it will do the obvious: continue you to YouTube. Tada!
In the top right hand corner there is a circle with what looks like the outline of a head and shoulders. If you click on that, you can now see the “Create Studio” button. Click on it. I dare you.
If you were brave enough to click on the “Create Studio” button you will find a boring page that comes across as kind of pushy (and rude, maybe?), but that’s OK. We’re here to be productive and have fun, yes? Go ahead and click on the “Create a channel” link.
Here you get to create your YouTube identity. That is, it is the name of your new channel on YouTube. Now go ahead and click on the blue “CREATE CHANNEL” button.
Finally you are shown the Video Manager. Once you upload your videos, this is where you will… manage… your videos. I guess that part is pretty self-explanatory.
Next week I will give a quick lesson on how to upload and manage your videos. See you then.
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence