Stop RoboCalls with iOS Do Not Disturb (Nov 2018)

Stop RoboCalls with iOS Do Not Disturb (Nov 2018)

This 2.5 minute video tutorial demonstrates how you can change the “Do Not Disturb” settings on an iPhone to block all robocalls / robocallers and send them directly to voicemail. Unfortunately this strategy will send ALL callers who are not in your iOS address book to voicemail, but until something better comes along this can be a helpful strategy for curbing robocalls.

Read “How robo-callers outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list” from the Washington Post on 11 Jan 2018 for more background on how and why robocalls have become such a big problem in 2018.

This video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 11 November 2018. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!


YouTube Studio Updates for Creators (Nov 2018)

This 15 minute tutorial video highlights new updates to the “YouTube Studio” interface for creators, which is still in beta and replacing the “Creator Studio” interface. Use this OneTab link to access all webpages and resources referenced in this video.

The video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 11 November 2018. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!


Bulk-Modify YouTube Videos to Turn ON Comment Moderation

YouTube can be used in powerful, transformative ways to support classroom learning, especially when STUDENTS create content shared online. Today, as I helped one of our 7th grade geography teachers wrap up a paper-slide video project in which student-created videos were uploaded to his YouTube channel, we discovered that YouTube now permits “bulk modification” of videos in the Video Manager. This means teachers can now change the settings for 30 videos or more, all at once, so comment moderation is REQUIRED.

Comment moderation is turned OFF by default on all YouTube channels, even if your school district uses Google Apps for Education. When comment moderation is turned ON, the teacher / owner of the YouTube channel has the opportunity to APPROVE any comments which are left on videos in their YouTube channel before they show up publicly for others to view. I highly recommend teachers turn on comment moderation on YouTube videos, since (presently) it’s not possible to turn on comment moderation by default. The following steps are also available as a 2 page PDF file, linked from the “Quick Edit Video” page of Mapping Media to the Common Core.

Step 1: Open YouTube Video Manager

YouTube Video Manager

Step 2: Select videos to edit / change settings on

Select Videos to Edit in YouTube

Step 3: Select ACTIONS – ADVANCED. Select COMMENTS.

YouTube - Actions - Advanced

YouTube - Choose Comments

Step 4: Click ALLOW ONLY APPROVED COMMENTS

YouTube - Allow Only Approved Comments


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