So many sites on the internet would be great for education if they followed their original design. Just imagine if Facebook were actually a social networking tool that connected students with similar interests allowing them to share useful information instead of merely facilitating the transmission of embarrassing pictures, quizzes about obscure 1980′s movies, and something called a SuperPoke. Picture a Utopian world in which educators direct students to YouTube knowing that they will find a vast wealth of useful videos across a variety of subject areas instead of random clips of Rick Astley, Miss South Carolina, and people getting hit by things.
If you tried to click on the above links and were blocked you have no doubt experienced the biggest problem with the vast video library that is YouTube: most schools do not allow it. Enter TeacherTube.
TeacherTube is a collection of educational videos that makes a point of keeping it that way. They state that all uploaded videos “must address specific learning objectives and/or provide professional development for educators.” Each video must be appropriate for all audiences. We think this requirement will keep any videos about Santa Claus’ existence off the site. Regardless, TeacherTube remains unblocked by most schools and is an excellent resource for educators.
Do any of you use TeacherTube? What are your favorite videos? Let us know.
And speaking of YouTube, how good is that new Weezer video? Is it enough to forgive them for their last album? I don’t know!