If you've read anything I've posted in the past, then you should be familiar with my love of Mashable, a site that posts news about social and digital media, technology, and web . . . stuff. I've been a little slack about posting anything lately, so I'm going to attempt to be better. We'll see how it goes!
One great site that I follow is Free Technology For Teachers. Recently (Feb 19th to be exact) Richard Byrne posted a small story about a site that teachers can use to filter YouTube videos to watch in their classrooms. Apparently, VuSafe allows teachers to take the videos they find on YouTube and other sites, post them to their online video libraries, and watch them without worrying about the safety concerns that YouTube raises. The videos can be tagged and organized (from what I understand) and placed into categories. Students can even access the videos with a password given to them by their teachers. It's a free service and allows IT to still block direct access to YouTube, while allowing teachers to use those videos. It obviously has to be approved by administers in order to be granted access, but the benefits (and the fact that it's free) seem worth it. Oh! You do have to apply for an account.
To learn more, check out their about section and visit their site! If you use it, please let me know how it worked out for you.