I've found that if you contact the video's creator they will usually allow download access for educational purposes. I use Miro to download the videos to my machine. Be advised that Miro, by default, wants to delete downloaded videos after 2 weeks. You have to change this setting if you want to keep the content longer than 2 weeks. This may be their version of a workaround the YouTube terms of service.
I just bought a lightspeed server to do content filtering and antivirus. They have a feature called Educational Video Library which give teachers a safe way to give students access to youtube.http://www.lightspeedsystems.com/about/NewsDetails.aspx?Educators-Safely-Use-YouTube-Videos-in-ClassroomWhile not full proof I have also used google presentation to strip all the extra junk from youtube videos, so they are at least safe to show in a classroom.Bjorn Behrendt
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On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 10:24 AM, David Webb <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Hi Folks,
I remember a discussion on this list about whether schools should allow access to youtube. I have recently found an alternative which I hope might be helpful to others. I discovered as many of you may know that there is a Firefox extension that allows to download youtube videos as MP4's. I am asking people to download from home them we can work with it from there. Perhaps I can ask the school librarian to download videos on request and allow her work station access to youtube.