TeacherTube is a videosharing website whose “goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos… [and] 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). There are numerous features on this site. I found that selecting “channels” brought me to a page where I could look at video according to subject or grade level. While TeacherTube does not have the same volume of videos offered at YouTube, it does have some quality educational videos for teachers and students.
A wonderful example of how videosharing holds real educational value can be seen at http://springfieldvideo.edublogs.org/ which is link from Joyce Valenza’s Springfield Township High School Virtual Library. After clicking on “New Instructional Videos and Podcasts,” I discovered a page filled with student and teacher produced videos. The categories of videos included: book trailers, grammar, information skills, math instruction, runons and fragments, Shakespeare, thesis, verb tense, vocabulary and Wikipedia. These categories each contain anywhere from one to several videos on the stated topic. What a fantastic use for video sharing!
I recommend taking a peek at: Hamlet Revenge in Plain English which was a short student created video done in the same style as Lee Lefever’s Common Craft videos (a white background, cut-out pictures, arrows to show relationships, a narrator’s voice). This exemplifies the educational value of videosharing as a product of student learning.