Thursday, May 8, 2008

Build Your Own Video Sharing Website

Start Your Tube is a web service through which users can create their own version of Youtube. Using Start Your Tube users can create a website on which they can host and share videos with others and have visitors upload videos to share with the world. Each user of Start Your Tube can create a customized url to use to point the world toward their video collection. Start Your Tube could be a great way for niche communities to share videos with each other. The homepage of the website users create is customizable allowing users to add images, logos, and customized color schemes.

Applications for Education
Creating a Start Your Tube website for a class could be a fun way for students and teachers to build a collection of videos relevant to a particular class. Teachers building a video website with Start Your Tube can avoid having students use other commercial video sharing websites where they might access questionable or irrelevant content. Teachers starting a video website can control who uploads videos to the website and restrict commenting.

Children's Literature Reviews Written by Children

When it comes to children's and young adult literature no one knows what they like and dislike better than the children and young adults themselves. Today's students are creating content on the web with amazing frequency and ease. Scholastic has a great service for teachers and students can use, for free, to create book reviews online. Scholastic provides a simple form on which students can write and submit their book reviews. Students do not have to create an account to use the book review service.

Applications for Education
The Scholastic Book Review and Review Sharing service is very easy for students to use and for teachers to incorporate into the classroom. The advantage of using the Scholastic service over a creating a wiki for the class is that the Scholastic service saves teachers time. The Scholastic service does not require users to create an account prior to writing a review. In fact, the only information they ever ask for is the student's first name, grade, and state.