Make YouTube Videos Fill the Browser

If you’re using YouTube videos in an educational setting, you may have encountered an unfortunate problem with links to videos that have this default format:

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWvKAYKlnnM

When following such a link, the student is taken to the normal YouTube landing page, which has lots of superfluous information in the right-hand column and in the comments section. This is a distraction, and runs the risk of taking the student away from the task in hand:

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A handy trick to make the YouTube video to fill up the browser window is to simply replace watch?v= in the URL of the video with embed/ (note the closing forward slash):

URL: https://www.youtube.com/embed/jWvKAYKlnnM

Now the video will play back filling the window:

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This little trick is particularly useful if you are supplying your students with QR codes for the videos, as described in this post, though you’ll probably find many other uses for it too.

This is an example of such a link.