Using YouTube for Cultural Videos

If you are a Spanish teacher who knows all about the wealth of cultural resources on YouTube, but YouTube is blocked by your school, this post is for you!  There's a ton of great resources on YouTube but of course there is some questionable content as well, leading to many schools and districts blocking YouTube on their servers.  There are a few ways that you can get around that to safely show clips from YouTube in your class.

Here's how to download a YouTube video so that you can show it in class from your computer, flash drive, external hard drive, etc.  You will probably have to find your video clips on YouTube at home, download them, and bring them to school on a portable drive.  If you already know the link that you want to use, you should be able to convert and download from anywhere.

Step 1:
Go to

Step 2:
Paste the link of the YouTube video in the box

Step 3:
Click on "Download MP4"

Step 4:
Click on the "Download MP4" directly under the video image.  Note:  There are usually other buttons that say "Download" or "Play Now" - don't click those because they are ads!

Step 5:  
Transfer the downloaded video from your "Downloads" folder to your desktop, external hard drive, etc. so that you can now play it in class!

Here are several other sites that offer the same service in case this one is acting up or becomes inactive:

Do you have a different favorite web-based YouTube converter?  Let me know in the comments so that I can add it to the list!

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