One popular tool of social media that is often blocked in schools is YouTube. The advertisements and comments accompanying some of the videos are not always school-appropriate. However, YouTube (and its ilk) are loaded with educational possibilities.
Now there’s a tool to bypass the less school-friendly aspects of YouTube: VuSafe. VuSafe is a tool for finding, collecting, organizing, and sharing online videos. Administrators can set up school accounts and control which videos are acceptable. VuSafe also allows teachers to share educational videos with students in a safe environment using a password they create.
Then, once you’re done setting up VuSafe in your school, upload your own videos. Here are some interesting ways to use handheld video cameras in the classroom. Once the videos are shot, upload them to YouTube. Then, try creating an interactive YouTube video using YoutTube’s annotation feature.
What are some ways you use YoutTube in your classroom?
Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center. Hat tip to Candace Lindsey of eLearning.