Reelseo, a video hosting guide, lists over 250 video hosting websites such as Youtube. An academic search engine called Refseek offers a list of the 25 best educational video sources, but how can educators use these many resources to their advantage, and which ones are most appropriate for educational uses?
How can video hosting aid education?
- Video hosting websites provide storage so that educators do not have to own and maintain data storage equipment.
- Since videos are available online, anyone with an internet connection can access content.
- With many different privacy functions, users can easily control who has access to and shares their content.
What kind of hosting services are out there?
- The McKay School of Education uses Vimeo to host their video content for programs like You Can Do This and the MSE News. Although Vimeo is less popular than Youtube, it allows users to post longer video files, making it a little more flexible.
- Teacher Tube and School Tube offer a collection of videos specifically for educational use. Since content is monitored, the site may be more appropriate for classroom use than open hosting sites such as Youtube.
- Some sites such as Eduvision offer a subscription service that allows organizations to closely control who has access to their content and even password protect it.
- The Futures Channel and Brightstorm sites provide a variety of video demonstrations and lectures on a range of educational curriculum.
Open Yale Courses supply introductory university courses to the general public through the Open Courseware movement. This movement is meant to make the content of courses accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Go to the Open Courseware site at www.ocwconsortium.org/ to find links to universities around the world that contribute.
iTunes U is described as a “distribution system” that is populated by more than 800 universities with more than 350,000 lectures, videos, demonstrations, lab experiments, etc. About half of these institutions, including Stanford, MIT, Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley, make their content public on the iTunes store. Others use this resource to distribute content within their own educational community. Slide shows, PDFs, books, films, exhibit tours, etc., are stored on the site.
What do YOU think?
Please let me know what you know or if you have any experience with using online educational video resources. Have you produced and uploaded videos? Have you viewed a video or assigned it for instructional purposes? Send me new ideas for using technology to make teaching more efficient, effective, and engaging. We’ll share them with teachers here at Top Tech Tips.