How to Create Private Channels & Private Viewing

SchoolTube users have the ability to create private viewing environments in several ways. The challenge here is that most students do not create SchoolTube accounts unless directed to do so by their teachers.  Assuming the intended viewers have SchoooTube accounts, there are three options for creating a private viewing environment.

  • Adding “co-viewers” to a private video
  • Utilizing the default private school gallery 
  • Creating a private personal channel and adding members or contributors to that channel.

Adding Co-Viewers to a Private Video

A video uploaded to SchoolTube is held in private status until it is published to a channel, either the school’s default public channel or a user’s personal public channel. A published video can be converted back to private anytime within the video edit area as shown below.  Only the video’s owner can watch a private video, however, co-viewers can be added to a private video by using the Collaboration feature found within a video’s edit area as shown below. 


Watch the Tutorial: How to Mark a Video Private & Add Co-Viewers.

Using the Default Private School Gallery to Share Private Videos

User accounts (teachers, students, admins, etc) are created under the identity of their school as selected during the sign-up process. Each school on SchoolTube has a default public and private gallery.  All users signed up under a school are either moderators (teachers, school staff, etc) or contributors (students).  All moderators and contributors under a school have viewership rights to the public and private gallery. As such, teachers can immediately publish videos to the private gallery of their school, and all students that have SchoolTube accounts under that school can watch the video.  


Watch the Tutorial: Publishing a Video to the Default Private School Gallery

Creating Private Viewing through a Private Personal Channel.

To create a wider, more controlled private viewing environment, SchoolTube suggests that users create a personal channel with a private setting and then adding “members” or “contributors” to that channel. Members have view-only rights whereas contributors have viewed and upload rights.  Users can also add co-managers to their channel, who have full edit rights to a channel.  Public channels can be converted to private using the public/private 

Examples of personal private channels:

  • District or school-level channel that contains HR or teacher training videos. 
  • PR or Communications videos that are not yet public
  • Channel for collecting student-produced videos in a media/journalism class.

Watch the Tutorial: Creating a Private Channel & Adding Members

Watch: Private Channel and Private Video Tutorial Playlist