Teachers Risk Exposing Students to Dangerous and Inappropriate Content by Using Open Video Sites, New Report Reveals

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Educational video provider boclips launches resource to promote safe and engaging video use in the classroom

“The use of video in education has long been associated with an increase in student satisfaction and better engagement in the classroom. But all this potential is negated if the video content available isn’t relevant or, worse, is inappropriate."

As video use in schools increases exponentially, open video platforms are presenting a significant risk to students, new research from edtech specialist boclips shows.

The report (available here https://www.boclips.com/teachers-struggle-to-access-video-whitepaper), which draws on in-depth consultations with teachers around the world, finds that 70% of educators use video in the classroom multiple times each week and that much (90 percent) of that content is streamed directly from the web. This, says the report, can expose students to inappropriate material and intrusive advertising, as well as leaving them open to the risk of data harvesting and misuse – issues already judged as damaging for society outside of a classroom context – and potentially even more serious within it.

The report provides clear evidence that teachers are using video at a higher rate than ever but finds that there is a considerable need to help with the discovery of relevant educational videos. On average, teachers spend more than seven hours a week searching for learning content, and more than half (60 percent) say that they still often can’t find what they need.

Teachers also have a clear preference for video duration. Teachers report that they favor video clips between two and ten minutes long, and videos longer than 10 minutes tend to be less desirable for use in the classroom. These findings indicate that there is a growing need for short video clips to punctuate class time and keep students engaged and on task.

boclips introduces a safe alternative to open video sites. Free from commercial content, rights cleared and tagged to curriculum standards, the boclips video platform provides teachers with complete peace of mind that they can access video content that is safe to show in class or share with their students. The platform hosts two million short-form video clips from over 100 of the world's most trusted and respected producers including Reuters, TED, Bloomberg News, The Smithsonian, Crash Course and PBS.

With the best educational videos from around the world, a century of news reports and 360 panoramas, boclips spans all subjects and all levels. The platform also provides user friendly options of storing, editing and sharing videos to ease the use of video in the classroom.

David Bainbridge, founder and CEO of boclips says: “The use of video in education has long been associated with an increase in student satisfaction and better engagement in the classroom. But all this potential is negated if the video content available isn’t relevant or, worse, is inappropriate. It’s time this situation changed, and the best educational videos from around the world can be safely and easily accessed by teachers. That's why we are incredibly excited to launch the BETA version of boclips for teachers.”

About boclips

boclips is a London-headquartered, venture-backed edtech company, with one bold goal: to help education providers and teachers harness the power of video to drive classroom engagement and improve learning. Since the company’s foundation in 2014, the boclips video platform has offered international education publishers and ministries of education, a single procurement point to find, license and incorporate the world's video in their courseware. Today, recognizing the demand from teachers globally for a rich and relevant video repository in class that is free from commercial distractions and firewall restrictions, the company is launching boclips for Teachers. The streaming on-demand platform features over 2 million educationally relevant videos including animations, historical footage, and breaking news from over 100 of the world’s most trusted content producers, including TED Talks, PBS, The Smithsonian and Reuters, as well as teacher-favourites like Crash Course, Minute Earth, and The School of Life. Curated to curriculum standards and free from advertising, inappropriate content and data security concerns.

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