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.