ICT Tip: Alternatives to YouTube and other on-line video sites to use in your classroom

April 10, 2012

This ICT tip could be best applied to the following subjects:


Links: www.vimeo.com, www.schooltube.com, www.dotsub.com

Quick overview: Three different video websites that are similar to YouTube but are less likely to be blocked by your school board or district filters. Also, more places to look for existing material when flipping your classroom!

What are these sites? Like it or not, YouTube is often blocked by our school board or district filters. On the ICT Blog, we’ve shared ways to circumvent the blocks but these workarounds often require some advance preparation. In this post we’d like to provide you with some quick alternatives for screening videos in the classroom.

How are these sites different from YouTube? While Vimeo and SchoolTube‘s video collections are nowhere as comprehensive as YouTube, many of the videos on these two sites have been created by students or amateur videographers. This opens up the door to all sorts of potentially interesting videos that can’t be found elsewhere. In addition, as SchoolTube has been specifically created for education, your students can upload their own videos if they choose to do so.

What about videos for second language learners? Second language students may be interested in Dotsub which contains English language videos of news broadcasts, current events, documentaries, and so on. However, the main appeal of Dotsub is that students can watch the videos on the site with written subtitles in the language of their choice. (Source: Joanne Salvagio, Saint-Laurent Adult Centre, EMSB)

Word of caution: Even during a spontaneous teaching moment, it’s still a good idea to check out a video in advance before showing it to your class, especially when showcasing videos you are not familiar with. Is the video relevant and appropriate for your students?

Want even more video sites to explore? Still not enough? Here’s a great link to 100 other video sites to explore using in your classroom. (Source: Missnoor28 via Twitter)

ICT Tip: Alternatives to YouTube, on-line streaming educational videos

July 1, 2008

This ICT tip could be best applied to the following subjects:

Quick overview: Websites similar in style and function to YouTube but for educational videos.

What does it do? MyLearningTube (www.mylearningtube.com) and TeacherTube (www.teachertube.com) are two sites that are very similar to YouTube but were created in response to teachers who wanted video websites that only contained educational videos. While YouTube may contain some pedagogically relevant material, it is often blocked by school board filters. On the other hand, MyLearningTube and TeacherTube are often NOT blocked by schoolboard filters. MyLearningTube and TeacherTube are not affiliated to one another and are run by different individuals. This means that each site will contain different pedagogical video materials.

How can it be used in the classroom? MyLearningTube and TeacherTube are searchable. This means if you are looking for a particular topic to cover in your class, why not search for it on one of these websites? If you find something valuable, you can provide the web address link of a particular video for your students to view on their home computers or in class. Please click here if you wish to see instructions how to copy and share a video link with your students. Alternatively, if you have a computer projector in your classroom or lab, you can show a video through here instead of being limited to what is available on tape or DVD in your school’s library. Last but not least, I’ve often found that streaming video sites can be slow in some schools. Make sure you have adequate bandwidth (i.e – Internet speed) in your school before using either one of theses sites. A good suggestion would be to try playing a video from your classroom before using it in front of your whole class!


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