SchoolTube Free K12 Video Hosting

SchoolTube Quick Start Guide 

Welcome to SchoolTube!  This guide will help you get started using your SchoolTube account putting you on a path to safely hosting and sharing your K12 education videos. All training videos and more can be found on the How-To SchoolTube Channel.

Create Your Account: If you have not already created your free account, go to our Sign Up page, type in your school till recognized and then complete the process. If you don’t see your school, use this form to request that it be added:  Add My School.

Create a Personal Channel (recommended). Channels on SchoolTube are where your videos are published. If you save a video without also saving it to a channel, the video will default to private status and will be stored in the MyMedia area.  Users can create unlimited personal channels (Algebra 1, Biology, School News, etc.) and make them public or private. User can give their channel a name, description and upload a unique thumbnail for personalization or school branding. We recommend creating your personal channel before uploading videos. 

              Watch: Creating & Managing Channels to learn more.

              Watch: Editing the Channel Header Image to learn more.

School Channels: Every school on SchoolTube is created with a public and private channel. These are default channels and can be used by any registered user under a school.  Note:  Most teachers and schools create a personal channel for various needs, because they are brandable and provide more focus than the default school channel.

              Watch: Uploading & Publishing videos to learn more.

Public vs Private Channels: Channels can be public, open to anyone, or private, viewable only by registered SchoolTube users at your school or those who are set up as members, managers, or contributors to a channel

Upload & Publish Videos.  After your account is created and you understand the role of channels, you are ready to upload videos. Click on +Add New (top of page) then browse to a video on your device or drag and drop one into the upload field. After it has loaded, give the video a name and description, and tags, then click Save.  This saves the video to MyMedia (a repository for all your videos). Below the video description area are two options: Publish In Schools or Publish in Channel.  Publish in Schools will show the school channels to which you have access. Publish in Channel will show the personal channels to which you have access.  Check or uncheck channels as desired, then click Save. Now the video is published. Note, it’s a good idea to edit the thumbnail of a video to give it a good public face. The default thumbnail is the first frame of the video, and is not always the best choice

              Watch: Uploading & Publishing videos to learn more.

              Watch: Editing the Video Thumbnail Image

Caption Your Video.  After the video has been uploaded, go back and caption the video. By law videos shared by schools are required to be captioned, and SchoolTube does this for free. Captions are added under the Action tab found on the video page or on the MyMedia page. 

              Watch: Captioning Videos to learn more.

Share Your Videos. Once published, videos can be shared a number of ways. They can be shared by their URL shown at the top of the video page, they can be embedded using the HTML code found under SHARE link which appears under the video player, and they can be shared as part of a channel or playlist. You created a masterpiece, so please share it!

              Watch: Sharing SchoolTube Videos to learn more.


After following these basic steps, you are well on your way to becoming a SchoolTube expert.  For continued training and to learn about key features and functions of SchoolTube, please visit the How-To SchoolTube Channel