Saturday, February 2, 2008

Videosharing : Part 1 – Pre-conceptions

Although I admittedly spend a great deal of time on the Internet, I actually have spent very little, if any, time really exploring videosharing sites, until now.

I had certainly heard of YouTube and even TeacherTube, yet had not really been curious enough to see what these sites had to offer. Perhaps this was because I had some belief that a great deal of what gets posted on YouTube consisted of meaningless content for entertainment value. On the other hand, TeacherTube had always sounded interesting and potentially more useful, but still, a consumer of my time.

Some questions I had about exploring video sharing sites included:
* Is there meaningful, educational content to be easily found on sites such as YouTube?
* What other videosharing sites exist? What are the differences between them?
* What are the ways in which videosharing can enhance classroom instruction or become a product of student learning?
* If videosharing sites such as YouTube have been banned in certain school divisions, what case can be made for lifting these bans?
* Are there copyright laws which must be taken into consideration if videosharing sites are used in a classroom?
* How can educators make videosharing safe for students?

I approached this web 2.0 tool with some trepidatation. Perhaps my lack of experience in creating video media has prevented me from establishing a comfort level. I also had (and still have) concerns about the grave misuses of this media.

However, I tried to approach this challenge by focusing on what other educators had to say about the “benefits” of this web 2.0 tool, so that it can be used in a safe and educational manner.


Arlene said...

Hi Rhonda, I like your questions. I think one way to help wade through all the videos available is to subscribe to reputable blog writers who point you in the right direction by including them in their blog postings. Arlene

Jennifer said...

Great questions. Inquiry (all inquiry) is guided by quality questions.