Video Sharing for Schools Done Right – Thanks SchoolTube!

Nov 3, 2009 by

Yesterday I was a bit harsh on TeacherTube.  I thought that my rather grouchy commentary on the site’s service would attract some supporters of it, but it turns out all of the commenters on the post were in agreement; TeacherTube is a sub-standard tool for sharing video in an educational setting.

Which is why I thought it would be worthwhile to mention a video sharing site that I think is doing everything right. I hesitate to call it an “educational video sharing site”, because that makes it sounds SchoolTube is filled with instructional videos on how to properly multiply two digits numbers. The truth is, SchoolTube is a wonderfully creative community of student and teacher created videos that addresses almost all of the concerns I shared yesterday about the poor quality of video sharing sites designed specifically for education. What makes SchoolTube so much better than TeacherTube?

1. Commercialization

There is none! SchoolTube relies on a subscription model with light advertisements. That means advertisements aren’t being strung across the bottom of your students’ creative content, and the ads that do pop up on the site aren’t nearly as bad as the typical “FLAT BELLY RULES” adverts all over the net. If you want special priveleges, you can always sign up for a subscription, which gives you extra features.

2. Uploads

I didn’t even have a chance to take a second sip of coffee before my upload was complete. They gave me a little game to play while the video was uploading, but I had barely gotten past the instructions when I was notified that the upload was complete. No errors, I didn’t have 15 required boxes to fill in, and it was FAST!.

I even got a polite e-mail notifiying me that they had received the file and that it was being held for approval. Which is another benefit of the site. Everything is moderated, so there’s little concern about the content shown on the site. No fears though! Teachers can sign up as moderators, so they can approve their own content, which I think is a smart move on SchoolTube’s part.

3. My Homepage……has my videos on it, YAY!

I even have the ability to set a default video for my channel, so when people visit my profile they can be greeted with a video of my choosing 🙂

4. Presentation

The designers they have working on the CSS and the backend are earning their paychecks. Not only is the site extremely faster than TeacherTube, but it has a seamless look to it. The embeddable player looks just like it does on the SchoolTube page, and functions the same. I could gripe that the service still isn’t as fast as YouTube, and I noticed considerable lag in the video buffering (so much so that I paused it until it was done loading fully), but that’s a minor issue with streaming flash video. The player itself is sleek, and could almost be mistaken for your own personal video player running on your website.

5. Are There Any Better?

Sure, there are plenty of  video sharing sites out there, but with the high quality of content found on SchoolTube, a superior user interface, and good tech behind the service, I think I’ll be sticking with it for awhile now.

Just for grins, I enjoyed the following video produced by students at Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw Georgia. With a child due in 3 weeks, I had no idea I was mis-pronouncing dilate all this time!

9 Comments

  1. J. Noel

    I must concur: Teacher Tube is sub-par and astonishingly NOT user-friendly. I have high hopes to utilize videos in my classroom to promote achievement and success among my students. School Tube is far more exciting and user-friendly. Your post inspired me to sign up, and dismiss any past experiences with teacher tube. Thanks for the informational post.
    Josh

  2. Tom

    I try to get positive comments on IWBs the same way but get the same results- nil.
    .-= Tom´s last blog ..Storyboarding Video =-.

  3. We use and love SchoolTube!

    Watch my Ask Mr Z show episodes dedicated to SchoolTube features:

    http://www.AskMrZshow.com

  4. Mark

    I have been using both TeacherTube and SchoolTube for about a year and a half (when I first learned about them from a teacher friend). TeacherTube has been all downhill and SchoolTube has done nothing but improve itself. My students enjoy posting and watching videos because, as you pointed out, there is a lot of fun and creative content. It is one of the only sites my students actually enjoy, and gets passed our school’s firewall. They also put a little extra effort into their projects when they know it is going on SchoolTube.

  5. Mark

    Sorry for the spelling error above, that is why I am not an English teacher.

  6. Dottie

    Yesterday I attended a session at AASL about their 25 best websites for teaching and learning. Teachertube was featured. The whole time I was watching the video they showed I was thinking about this post. Here is the link to nominate websites.
    http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/bestlist/bestwebsitesnomination.cfm

  7. Dottie,
    I am curious as to what the other 24 websites were. Any way to get this information to me, or maybe you could send me in the right direction to obtain the info?
    Thanks a bunch
    .-= J. Noel´s last blog ..Share out! =-.

  8. Amy

    Thanks for all the great information on what to use in the classroom. I am currently working towards my teaching certificate; a huge chunk of our learning is infused with tech and acknowledging that as our students change so does the way we look at how we teach. I can see this as being a huge resource in my upcoming years.

  9. Ben, I completely agree with your analysis of TeacherTube. I tried it and gave up. SchoolTube is much better and I am exploring it for potential use by my entire building. A huge educational video void exists because most schools block YouTube. This provides an absolutely priceless opportunity for someone to provide a much needed service for the educational community. It looks like SchoolTube may be filling the gap. If done right they will provide a wonderful service and make a lot of money. Good for them!
    .-= John Sowash´s last blog ..5 Things to try in 2010 =-.

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