Monday, October 13, 2008

Free Social Media Tools for Pedagogs

Social media is primarily an Internet based tool used for communicating and hashing out information among the humans. There are lot of social media sites which are available in the internet today for commuting among the Educators. General media sharing sites like youtube, etc pose some serious concerns regarding Adult Content, Copy Right issues. To address these kind of issues and to ensure that the content is more education focused there are other sites which helps us.

1) Teachertube
TeacherTube which is officially launched on March 6, 2007 provides its users an online community for sharing instructional videos which is more educationally focused, secure for teachers, schools and home learners.

With TeacherTube, community members can:
a) Upload, share browse and tag hundreds of videos uploaded by community membersworldwide.
b) Upload Supporting Files to attach your Assessments, educational Activities, Notes, Lesson Plans, and Other file formats into your videos.
c) Integrate TeacherTube videos on websites using video embeds or APIs and Mark videos as public or private where users can circulate their selected videos publicly or share them privately with those they invite.

2) Schooltube

SchoolTube takes a complete different approach compared to Teachertube as it is a moderated content sharing site for teachers and students., is a pure and refreshing site where inappropriate content gets blocked through an innovative Chain of Accountability process. All the students who create materials on SchoolTube needs to get approved by registered teachers, follow local school guidelines, and adhere to their standards. SchoolTube can be used by teachers, students, principals, parents, school boards, IT managers, administrators, and school-related associations.

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