YouTube has an enormous collection of educational clips that could be used by teachers, but many schools choose to block the site so that kids won’t be able to access unsavory videos, Yahoo! News reports. Even if the site can be accessed, teachers still don’t use YouTube inside the classroom, as they’re worried about students getting distracted by music videos or cute clips of cats and fish slamming clams. To circumvent the issue, the site recently launched a YouTube for Schools program separate from the rest of the site. This means school administrators can allow access to it on their wireless networks, while keeping the rest of the site blocked. The program puts approximately 400,000 YouTube Education videos (including ones from trusted institutions like the Smithsonian) in the hands of teachers, who can use them to capture the interest of even those with incredibly short attention spans…

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