Last week I attended the MECA (Mississippi Educaitonal Computing Association) conference in Jackson. I had an amazing time and got to speak with a lot of educators about using technology in the classroom. To my alarm, no one I spoke to know about Teacher Tube! I explained that it was basically an equivalent to YouTube with educational material perfect for the classroom. Of course, many of the initial reactions were "Oh I'm sure thats blocked too" or from tech coordinators "Well, I know we block YouTube." But once I spoke in detail about TeacherTube all the tech coordinators said they would probably be able to add it to the "safe list." So this got me thinking...Do most teachers NOT know about TeacherTube?
I think it's a great, FREE resource. Teachers can search for videos by subject (known as "Channels" on the site). There are Channels for science, writing, middle school, physical education etc. This makes it easy to find videos! I know as a student it is nice to break up a lecture with a video component.
Teacher Tube Groups also allow educators to collaborate with others with similar interests to bring their classrooms to life. In a world of digital learners, what's better than adding a streaming video to class presentations?
I'm curious to see who all out there uses Teacher Tube in their curriculum and any creative ideas on how you use it!