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How to Add “Time Tags” to Youtube Vids (so Viewers can Jump to Tagged Sections)

by Kelly Walsh on January 24, 2017



It’s Super Easy to Create These Simple ‘Bookmarks’ so Viewers Can Pop to Different Section of Your Video

After finishing and posting the first Flipped Educator Spotlight video, someone suggested that I add “bookmarks” to make it easy for viewers to consume the content, jumping to sections with topics they are interested in. Loved the idea, especially since the video is a bit long at about half an hour, but I had no idea how to do it.

I googled “creating bookmarks in youtube videos” and similar phrases, but really find what I was looking for (I later came up with the phrase “time tags” in my head, and found that searching on this finds useful resources). Anyway, I threw this idea out there while discussing new Spotlight videos with Kate Baker and Crystal Kirch, who will be fellow interviewers for this series, and Crystal explained that she thought you just put minute and second references (i.e. “1:34”) in the description text and these automatically become clickable links. She was absolutely right … it was just that easy (thanks Crystal)!

I explain and briefly illustrate this in this newest “3 Minute TOOL-torial”:

What a simple but excellent little technique. While we all know videos should be kept pretty short for flipped and blended learning, and this technique can still be useful with those, but if you do have to create a long video this is even more useful!

This is our 19th 3 Minute TOOL-torial! Check out all of our other TOOL-torials here!


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Kelly Walsh February 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm

We love EdPuzzle George (here’s our 3 Minute TOOL-torial for EdPuzzle: EdPuzzle is an awesome tool for requiring engagement and getting student feedback, whereas this technique with YouTube is a different, simpler technique to provide quick “jump to” spots.

Gene McGinnis February 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm


Martha Ramirez January 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

This is awesome and so easy! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly Walsh January 25, 2017 at 7:58 am

Hey Andrew – there are lots of tools that can enable you to do that, here’s some from FreeTech4Teachers:

Andrew Lian January 24, 2017 at 10:22 pm

That’s really great – I have a related question which may actually be a bit more problematic.

I want to be able to play a YT video from point A to point B e.g. 1:34 to 2:56.

I want it to start at 1:34 and stop automatically at 2:56

I also want to prevent the user from accessing the video BEFORE 1:34 and AFTER 2:56. I know of course that I could cut up the video into smaller clips but I want to avoid that.

Any clues??? That would be just great.
Andrew Lian

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