Couple of articles relating to video upload and sharing for education purposes.
The first is a very brief article on youTube which mentions the possible learning teaching benefits.
A Teacher’s Tour of YouTube
By Chris O’Neal
“One critical issue to keep in mind when sharing and discussing these videos with your students is media literacy, including general Internet reliability. Are the videos truly what they say they are? Might some of these clips violate copyright? What constitutes “good” video?
My main concern in using any of these video sharing sites is that what makes it so powerful is also what makes it a tricky tool to use with ease. There are great discussions and commentary on many of the video clips, but those discussions are, for the most part, completely unfiltered and only mildly moderated. However, using and showing YouTube clips, then having your own classroom discussion about the clips, is an incredibly robust classroom tool. Working with students to create and upload their own videos is an even more powerful application. “
By Chris O’Neal
The second article announces the launch of TeacherTube. This is basically a riff on YouTube which allows educators (mainly US school sector) to upload videos. Same basic functionality as YouTube in that videos can be embedded, commented on, tagged and shared. Only launched ion Marsh, but already popular. It will be interesting to see how it progresses.
I’ve found a few interesting examples ranging from 3D simulations, practical workshops through to straight forward to talking to the camera.
Obviously there’s more in the site itself (TeacherTube). Click on the ‘Top Rated’ heading to list the most popular videos.
EDIT: I accidentally played all 3 videos at once. Apart from a surreal experience I couldn’t help wonder if this could be extended to education? For example a staff member talking to the screen and thus making eye contact as they narrate the contents of a second (or third!) video.