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Using TeacherTube in the classroom

For my class’s “Rise of the Nazi Party” unit each student created an “art piece” relating to how they believe the Nazis were able to convince so many ordinary Germans to allow them to take complete power after WWI, the Treaty of Versailles and years lived in the Weimar Republic.  They had to share their work with the class.  Some of them wrote poems, letters or journals, and several made collages or drawings/paintings of some sort.  Several of them also wrote scripts and filmed short movies.  It was easy for students who had written pieces or drawn them to share their work with the class, but it was rather more difficult to get the students who had made videos to be able to share because the videos weren’t created on a computer we could have in the classroom, and the files were large.  What we ended up doing was having the students post them to youtube using my CT’s account, and then he used Real Player to then download them onto his laptop so that we could show them in class.  If we had used teachertube, we could have just uploaded the videos there and would have saved the hassle of extra steps.

Pros and Cons for TeacherTube

One sort of frustrating thing about school internet is that the DOE blocks sites like youtube because they feel they are inappropriate.  To remedy that problem, sites like teachertube offer an alternative so that teachers can use videos in the classroom that are otherwise blocked.

Pros

  1. Allows access to resources that are otherwise unavailable in the classroom
  2. It’s mostly videos, audio and documents created by other teachers, and then shared by the creator, so there isn’t as big of a problem with copyright infringement.
  3. It could be used for students to post their work so that it can then be shared with the class.

Cons

  1. It requires classroom access to the internet.
  2. There’s not much information on the people who created the works, so everything would need to be carefully verified.  That makes it something I probably wouldn’t send students to.
  3. It’s much more limited in scope when compared to something like youtube, so it doesn’t really work as a replacement.