Monday, April 21, 2008

#20 (WEEK 9) Discover TeacherTube and a few sites that allow users to upload and share videos

Within the past year online video hosting sites have exploded allowing users to easily upload and share videos on the web. Among all the web 2.0 players in this area, YouTube is currently top dog serving up over 1 million video views a day and allowing users not only to upload their own video content easily, but also embed clips into their own sites easily. However, many school district block YouTube, so check out TeacherTube, a site that says "Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners." The site is self policing, and not blocked by as many districts.

Do some searching around TeacherTube or YouTube yourself and see what the sites have to offer. You'll find everything from Using Boolean Operators and GoogleDocs to library dominos and a video on how NOT to use PowerPoint. There's also the cult classic Conan the Librarian. CLA 2006 conference Library Cheer was fun, too. See also:

Of course, like any free site you’ll also find a lot stuff not worth watching too. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore and see for yourself what the site has too offer. :)

Discovery Exercise:
  1. Explore TeacherTube & find a video worth adding as an entry in your blog.
  2. Create a blog post about your experience. What did you like or dislike about the site and why did you choose the video that you did? Can you see any features or componets of the site that might be interesting if they were applied to library websites?

OPTIONAL: Try placing the video inside your blog using the copy and paste code for the for "Embeddable Player.” Note: you'll need to use Blogger's Edit HTML tab when pasting this code.

Discovery Resources:

Other popular video hosting sites:

NOTE: Videos, like music downloads, are bandwidth hogs. It is recommended that you complete this exercise during light Internet usage times.