TeacherTube

June 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm 10 comments

www.teachertube.com

  • What is it? What does it do?

Teachertube is a free online community for sharing educationally focused instructional videos.

It can be accessed anytime, anywhere, by anyone.

The community keeps the site alive by submitting original videos, uploading support files, and collaborating by giving each other input.

Users are encouraged upload educationally relevant videos and to make constructive comments.

There is a rating system that can be employed to show appreciation for videos of value.

Members have the ability to safeguard the integrity of the site by flagging inappropriate videos.

The site contains a blog that provides a space for teachers to interact and share with each other.

  • What are the infrastructure and technical requirements for this tool?

Connection speed is an issue. Teachertube requires a broadband connection with at least 500+ Kbps for the best viewing and uploading experience.

TeacherTube servers can experience high traffic, which sometimes affects the speed.

  • How can you use it effectively in instruction?

Teachers create videos that are educationally relevant and can be used to enhance instruction. These pre-created materials are available for free use. If there is a content topic that you are trying to convey to your students and you need an idea or a resource, Teachertube covers a wide range of topics. The idea of using brief video clips is very engaging to students. They are more likely to remember what they see on a video clip.

Teachers who use the site benefit from the opportunity to see what other educators are doing in their classrooms, and students can have the opportunity to showcase their work.

The site is open to members worldwide, so teachers can use the videos to bring far away places into the classroom.

  • What are other education applications for this tool?

These videos can also be used to provide professional development or supplement the curriculum.

Students can be assigned videos to watch at home to reinforce concepts or to provide aid in with a particular subject.

Teachers can join and connect with people who have similar interests.

  • What are the limitations and cautions related to use of this tool?

Some school systems filter out sites such as Teachertube.

Information is not checked for accuracy.

The videos can be viewed by anyone who registers for the site, so there is concern about using students in the videos. However, members have the option to make the videos public or private.

  • What are the management considerations for this tool?

Teachers must spend time viewing clips to see if they are actually relevant to their curriculum.

There are hundreds of videos to sort through.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. skbrown537  |  June 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Gretchen, I think TeacherTube is an amazing site! There is so much to explore….time can get away from you! The idea of having students access a particular video from home to provide reinforcement or reteaching is a fantastic way to address differentiation outside the classroom! What an amazing idea for our students over the summer! (They will be so glad you suggested it!)

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  • 2. flofalatko  |  June 9, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Gretchen,

    I love Teacher Tube. However, it is interesting to me that the issue of BCPS blocking was my issue with my Web 2.0 tool. We are finding amazing tools with great ideas for usage. Can we in reality use them?

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  • 3. gmdevos  |  June 9, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Let me clarify. BCPS does NOT block teachertube, at least I was able to access it. A caution and limitation is that SOME systems may filter it.

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  • 4. dsmith3  |  June 9, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    It is amazing how much is out there for all of us. I had to stop myself from searching for all kinds of things. Ideas abound. I cannot wait to go back. I will have to spend more time there to look at the range of content. Thanks!

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  • 5. flofalatko  |  June 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Gretchen,

    I can’t access it at school. How were you able to?

    Flo

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  • 6. gmdevos  |  June 10, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Flo – I do not know. It just works for us in our school. Strange! I have also sent TeacherTube links to people within my school and they could access them. I do not know why it would not work at Cromwell. Hmmm…question for Thea.

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  • 7. Liz Ott  |  June 11, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    TeacherTube is an excellent and easy way to start incorporating multimedia into your classroom. Thanks for the great overview!

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  • 8. sgregory52  |  June 12, 2008 at 3:21 am

    TeacherTube is great! I just shared the site with a teacher today. She was thrilled. I was able to access it from BCPS. Thanks for sharing.

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  • 9. wleake  |  June 12, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Hey Gretchen!, what a great tool! If w got a camera, do you think it would be a good use of time to add instructional videos or even make some videos and put them on the e- community?

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  • 10. vlockwood  |  June 14, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I was thinking about creating videos, as well. Student created videos for publication would enhance the purpose of learning for the students. My special education partner and I often have our students create photo stories to explain the steps taken toward an accomplishment. The students take such pride in ownership of the knowledge and in knowing their movie will be viewed by other students to learn – so our students become the teachers. Of course, it is understood that safety considerations are always involved with web postings.

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