Introduction to YouTube

Welcome to the Explore with YouTube course. I am Sue, and I am excited to introduce you to the YouTube platform today along with my fellow team member Agent Sarah. Let’s get started!

YouTube is a great platform to use for so many reasons. If you are looking to learn how to cook a certain meal, play an instrument, or you want to catch up on the latest sports highlight videos, YouTube has it all. You can use the platform to access millions of videos, create your own content, and subscribe to different channels to stay up-to-date.

During this course we will discuss what YouTube is, the benefits of using it, and how you can get started.

Great! I can’t wait to get started. Before we begin, take a look at some key technology terms. These are terms that will be used when discussing YouTube.

Key Technology Terms

  • YouTube: A free video sharing website owned by Google. YouTube makes it easy for anyone to post, find, and watch online videos.
  • Streaming: Media content: often audio and video, is delivered on-demand to playback devices such as computers, tablets, TV’s, and smart phones using an active connection through the internet to deliver the content as it is being watched. Only the portion(s) of the video/audio being viewed is sent to the playback device. Streamed content is not normally accessible on the device without internet access.
  • Download: Making an offline copy of a file or other content for viewing at a later date/time. The content cannot be viewed/accessed until the entire file or content has been received on the playback device. Not all content can be downloaded some of it must be viewed by streaming only
  • Content Creator: A person, group, or organization who creates and posts video content to YouTube.
  • Channel: A collection of the content creators videos on YouTube. These can be owned by individuals or organizations. A content creator may have one or multiple YouTube Channels, often content creators with multiple Channels focus on different topics, categories or themes.
  • Subscribe: A way to follow a specific YouTube channel to receive regular updates when that channel posts new content.