TeacherTube – an amazing discovery!

An amazing discovery that I made today is of a great website called TeacherTube – youtube for teachers!!

I have copied the blurb that describes it from the site, (I hope the creators don’t mind, it is purely to support and promote their great work!!) as it succinctly describes what TeacherTube is all about:

After beta testing for almost two months, TeacherTube officially launched on March 6, 2007. 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. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

TeacherTube was the idea of Jason Smith, a 14-year veteran educator. Jason has been a teacher, coach, campus administrator and district administrator in public schools. He asked the question, “Why can’t teachers, students, and schools utilize the power of the read/write web for learning?” To overcome barriers, he decided to just create a site and get started trying to help. He turned to his brother, Adam, who is a younger, digital native, with technical skills. Adam used his skills to develop the site and found a web host. Soon, Jason’s wife, Jodie, joined the team to start populating the site with videos and help improve the communication. She too has 14 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, campus technology integrator, and district curriculum coordinator.

With TeacherTube, community members can:

  • Upload, tag and share videos worldwide.
  • Browse hundreds of videos uploaded by community members.
  • Find, join and create video groups to connect with people who have similar interests.
  • Customize the experience by subscribing to member videos, saving favorites, and creating playlists.
  • Integrate TeacherTube videos on websites using video embeds or APIs.
  • Make videos public or private – users can elect to broadcast their videos publicly or share them privately with those they invite.

There look to be some really interesting videos on there already, and this is sure to grow. Joining is free, and this definitely looks like one to watch!!

http://www.teachertube.com/index.php

Check it out!!!

Have fun! Kay.

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