Tubing For Teachers

Will 2007 be the year noted for the explosion of use for web video? Was it 2006? We just completed a 2 day conference on this at NMC, and I have this dreadful pile of great content I feel like I should get into and start discovering on my own. As soon as I can find that leap day, a secret un-committed 24 hours per week I can sneak into the calendar, maybe “Webday” can be inserted without much notice right before “Thursday”?

In our conference, the platform that worked the best for pushing web video out in Elluminate ( as a web tour) was content from YouTube. So surprise at all consider their value measured in GoogleDollars. But is it easy to find educational content in YouTube? As category or tag, its a mixed bag as to what surfaces as “educational”.


So enter a new site, TeacherTube which is almost a dead ringer for YouTube in all aspects, except they are aiming to be purely content for/by educators. Is it a piece of the Googleplex? Doesn’t appear so as a whois search leads to a webhost in Houston. Is it sanctioned by Google? Cannot tell.

I’ve not yet taken much time to sniff out the content, but the front page looks like it might be a rich source. Will it be more free of the curft and crud at YouTube? Will the comments be less incendiary? Time will tell. But let me know what you think… is it worthy to have as its own silo?

Beth has some screencasts there (and see her excellent Screencasting Primer)… I tried to load my wobbly google reader screencast but the upload speeds on my satellite connection pooped out on me. Or now as I try to even get back to the TeacherTube page I cannot even connect this morning.

A linktribution goes to David Warlick. Nice find!

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  1. Alan,

    You hit the nail on the head with that question about silos. I’ve been asking that as it relates to various social networking platforms focused on social change. However, I think in this context – educational instructional video it might work.

    I am wondering when YouTube/Google will send a cease and decease letter for trademark infringement.

    There’s another variation of the red logo here:

  2. Re: “In our conference, the platform that worked the best for pushing web video out in Elluminate ( as a web tour) was content from YouTube.”

    Was this your first time pushing YouTube video through Elluminate, and consequently during the conference you just figured out it worked best?

    Because the instructions for what to provide said QuickTime format was preferred. My video ended up in there at the wrong size, though that was corrected per an email request, and they told me it went in that way by default. But I had the file hosted on Blip.tv. The Elluminate producer could just as easily have grabbed the Flash version and my guess is it would have worked just like YouTube – ie, better than it did in QT format.

    Got thoughts?

    Not trashing your efforts. The video played after all, and I estimate it got somewhere around 60 views during the conference, most of which were attributable to conference attendees.

    And the conference was fun. Sorry I missed the SL reception.

  3. Cheryl– I was referring to the synchronous sessions. My remarks were general based upon the use of video by our presenters. A few had done QT, but they did not optimize the size or compression.

    It would seem multiple approaches would be best- a QT given to them for their site, but offer alternative links to YouTube/blip as other options.

    Glad to hear you got some action. I don’t think the current set up for our poster sessions is optimal. We made extra effort to mention them during the live sessions.

  4. Hi Alan,
    Thank you for sharing TeacherTube with the world through your blog. We have had many people contact us in the last 24 hours asking who are we. One of our members highly recommended to us that we get who we are out quickly.

    So for your readers, I am Jason one of 3 co-founders of TeacherTube. Along with my wife, Jodie and brother Adam we created TeacherTube to form a community where the best teachers in the world are sharing their best practices with other teachers and with students. My wife and I are 14 year veteran public educators and my brother is our tech guru.

    And Beth, I can not apologize enough for deleting your video. TeacherTube is designed to be a safe place for learners of all ages so schools can feel confident allowing TeacherTube into the classrooms. So while I was deleting some videos that were just not a good fit for TeacherTube, I accidentally deleted Beth’s. I’m so embarrassed by that.

    Another thing we understand is TeacherTube will only be as good as the content our community members place into the site. So it is very important to us that our community members keep high standards for uploads through the ability to flag and comment on any video lesson.

    I hope your readers will give us input, for TeacherTube is learning as the site continues to grow.

  5. Thanks Jason for the effort you are doing. I’d like to see it really take off.

    I cannot remember if I came across it, but hope it is clear to users what the criteria are for what stays and what goes, or that content is reviewed. And I hope you and your family team do not get overwhelmed with having to manually review content. Can the site users assist in anyway by flagging content??

    cheers, Alan

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