How to Blur Student Faces in Class Videos

Published On: May 3rd, 2017·By ·

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Would you like to learn how to blur student faces in videos, so that you can post them publicly? YouTube can help.

Have you ever wondered, “How can I blur student faces in my videos?” Now, there's a simple answer to that question. YouTube has released a new feature that allows you to blur faces, meaning you can post your class videos while keeping your students' privacy.

How to Blur Student Faces in Class VideosIn the above 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community trainer Jerry Swiatek explains how you can use YouTube to blur student faces.

Jerry shows step-by-step how to use this helpful feature, hiding inside your YouTube account's editing tools. Under the enhancement area, you can blur all of the faces in your video (a huge time saver!), or select which specific areas you want to blur. YouTube's technology is so advanced, it recognizes your selections anywhere in the video and continues to blur the same individuals throughout.

For more on YouTube in the classroom, take a look at this popular on-demand training video:

Flipping Your Class with Videos and Live Streaming from YouTube Live. Have you ever wanted to flip your class, giving your students instructional videos that they can view at home? Or maybe you've just wanted to provide video instruction for students who need to review or who have missed class. Either way, YouTube Live can help. Join Sarah Thomas, a Google Certified Innovator, as she shows how you can flip your classroom using YouTube Live. She'll share how you can make your flips interactive through “Virtual Office Hours” so that your students can participate and ask questions, without having to show their faces. Sarah will also cover how to make your classroom more transparent by including parents in the process as well. Finally, she'll explain how to automatically archive videos to your channel for later viewing.

Do you have a question on your mind that you would like some help with? Leave it for me as a comment on this article, and I'll see what I can do.

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About our Blur Student Faces Presenter:
Jerry Swiatek is a Google Certified Innovator, as well as a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. He works with teachers and students helping them integrate technology into their classrooms. Click here to look at more videos from Jerry.

About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at

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