This article serves as a guide for adding videos to your self-made Boom Cards as well as important legal information you need to be aware of before doing so.


MANDATORY READING:

YOU MAY NOT INCLUDE A VIDEO THAT SERVES ADVERTISEMENT FOR ANY DECK PUBLISHED TO THE STORE. VIDEO IN PRIVATELY PUBLISHED DECKS IS SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW AND DETERMINE USING IT COMPLIES WITH YOUR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS REGARDING STUDENTS OR PATIENTS AND ADVERTISEMENTS. MANY STATES BAN THE DELIVERY OF ADS TO STUDENTS.

INCLUDING A VIDEO WITH ADS WILL RESULT IN YOUR DECK BEING UNPUBLISHED AND REFUNDED.



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YouTube Is No Longer Supported

One of our top priorities at Boom Learning is ensuring student data privacy, which includes keeping their experience ad free. However, YouTube is making changes to how they serve their content, and that means we have to change as well. YouTube has announced it will be inserting ads into all videos (including Made For Kids). With this change, YouTube content will no longer meet the no advertising criteria for delivery to many schools. As a result, we will no longer allow new YouTube videos to be embedded into Boom Cards starting June 15th 2021.


We recommend you move your videos to Vimeo Pro or Vimeo Plus and relink them to your Boom Cards. We will be investigating other options as well, but we can only implement options that do not track student behavior for advertising purposes.


Please direct questions about this change to help@boomlearning.com.



Information About Embedding Video


We recommend using video primarily for decks you use with your own students where you can confirm that the video will play given your unique configuration of filtering, browser settings, and more. 


If you choose to offer a deck for sale with video, please design your deck so that it has value without the video. Also, let buyers know that they may have to adjust browser and filtering settings for the video to play. Please advise your buyers that video is not reliable when played in apps, but will play in standard (not private or incognito) browser mode. 


Be aware that schools may block or filter video. Also, certain browser modes, such as private or incognito, will also prevent videos from playing.


Note: Video is an experimental feature. It doesn't reliably work in all situations. 



Which Videos You May Include

Videos you include in your decks should be videos that either 


    a. you created and have full permission for all the included elements or 

    b. you have obtained permission from the video's creator to include in your deck. 


Never be afraid to reach out to a video creator and ask if you can include their video. The worst that can happen is that they say no, which is the default anyway.


No Advertisements and Privacy


You may not show advertisements to students.


For Vimeo, you need to have a Vimeo Plus or higher account so that your users do not see ads. You must go to Interaction Tools and change the end Screen to "Empty". You also may not collect personally identifiable information from any user via Vimeo link. You must turn off all marketing settings that collect information before including a link in a deck.You can create an Embed preset where you set After video to Empty.

No videos may be included in a deck that are essentially advertisements (unless the purpose of the deck is to educate students about how advertising works). If we discover a deck that is serving advertisements to students or attempting to collect personal information from students, we will depublish it and we may require you to offer refunds to purchasers. You may also be subject to civil liability from the users if you attempt to collect personally identifiable information from them.


You can read more about Vimeo play settings here - https://vimeo.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/224972808-Customizing-the-video-player.


Adding Video to Your Boom Cards

In the Studio, drag a Video module onto the card.


Click and drag the video module onto the workspace of the Boom card.


Paste the URL into the text box and click "okay".


Your video is now a visible, movable element on your card!


 Paste the YouTube or Vimeo url into the text box and click "okay". Your video is now a visible, movable element on your card!



Testing Your Videos

When you add a video to a deck, you cannot test play the video in the Editor. You must switch to Preview mode to test if your videos play properly.



Additional Resources


Vimeo Privacy settings - including how to limit where videos can be viewed and more.