YouTube Playlist


YouTube Playlist is a free tool that allows you to collect and organize videos around specific topics or interests. You can create playlists with any videos on Youtube, including your own. This is a great way to organize your own videos (e.g., if you have 25 videos in your YouTube library, 15 of them are related to educational technology, and 10 of them are related to penguins, you can create to separate playlists for your viewers).

Tool Snapshot

Price Free
Learning Social constructivism, Connectivism
Ease of Use ★★★★✩
Privacy ★★★✩
Accessibility ★★★★★
Class Size Unlimited
ISTE*S Knowledge Constructor

You need to sign in to Google through Gmail to be able to create a YouTube Playlist. By logging into gmail before going to YouTube, you can take advantage of its features, for instance, uploading videos, commenting on people’s videos, and saving videos in your playlist. However, you do not have to sign in to view and search for videos on YouTube.

Designer: YouTube was founded in 2005 by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim out of a garage in Menlo Park. Chen, Hurley, and Karim sold the website for $1.65 billion to the search engine Google.


Price: YouTube is a free online video tool, with no login required to view videos. However, if you want to create your own Playlist and take advantage of YouTube’s advanced features, you should create an account with Google and login. YouTube also offers a paid service (YouTubeRed), which allows you to watch videos and listen to music without advertisements.

Ease of use: YouTube is a simple and well-designed website. The help page (see YouTube Help Center) allows users to find an answer to their questions.

Accessibility: YouTube supports pop-out button, expand/shrink button, and screen reader, TalkBack, full page zoom, high contrast settings, and chrome accessibility extensions to increase accessibility.  

Privacy: People are required to create an account on YouTube to take advantage of all YouTube’s services. You can sign in YouTube with your Google account. Google services ask for your personal information (e.g., name, phone, birthday, age, location,and username) and want you to make your profile publicly visible. Google uses cookies to identify your browser and device and to present appropriate ads, remember search preferences, and offer options based on user data. In addition, they also use people’s information to maintain and develop Google services, and protect both users and Google from malware and spam. See Google Privacy Policy.

YouTube Playlist & the SAMR Model

Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool.

Here is an example of how YouTube Playlists might fit within the SAMR model:

  • Substitution: Students watch videos in YouTube Playlist (instead of watching videos in school).
  • Augmentation: Students analyze, contrast, and compare videos in a pre-designed playlist.
  • Modification: Teachers can create playlists to personalize learning for students. 
  • Redefinition: Students curate their own YouTube Playlists to showcase their knowledge about a particular subject or topic.

Learning Activities

Math: Students can explore playlists which are prepared by math experts.

Science: YouTube videos provides tons of experiments, so you can watch them from different educators and scientists. Then, you can collect the videos you like most into your own playlist.

English/Language Arts & Social Studies: Youtube allows you to listen particular subject-matter from the native speakers. They also teach learners standard test techniques, such as TOEFL and IELTS. In addition, learners can active closed caption to enhance their understanding capacity in foreign language.

Others: Youtubers can explore playlists and clips for various disciplines for education purposes.

Example Playlists


How to Create a YouTube Playlist

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Sign Up” and register for an account
  3. Return to YouTube and login
  4. Setup your profile page
    1. Click on the icon in the top right corner
    2. Click on “people silhouette”
    3. Add a photo and/or short bio
  5. Search video you want to add your playlist
  6. While the video is playing, tap the video and you will see the playlist add icon
  7. Click on add to playlist or tap create a new playlist
  8. Type name of your playlist
  9. Click the playlist settings to make it public or private
  10. Click on checkbox
  11. Subscribe to channels to follow more videos


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