Saturday, August 7, 2010

Week in Review - A New Writing Gig

It's Saturday morning in Maine and time for me to publish my weekly recap of the most popular posts. Before jumping to the list, I want to share that starting in October you will be able to see my writing every other month in School Library Journal. I am taking over the the Cool Tools column previously written by Steve Hargadon. This opportunity would not have come my way if not for all of you that have helped spread the word about Free Technology for Teachers, thank you.

These are the seven most popular posts of the last week:
1. Seven Search Engines for Students
2. Bloom's According to Pirates of the Caribbean
3. Using Backchannels in Your Classroom
4. Some Handy Updates to Google Docs
5. Anthologize - Turn Your Blog Into an Ebook
6. Two Examples of Backchannels in Elementary School
7. Good Resources for Geography Teachers

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Kids Tube - Monitored Video Sharing for Kids

Parents and teachers want to share videos of their students doing great things like music performances, plays, and other presentations. YouTube is one place that you can do that, but some parents and teachers aren't comfortable with that because of some of the "related" content that appears on YouTube. In a lot of schools YouTube is blocked so teachers are have to look for alternatives. Kids Tube might be the solution to both of these problems.

Kids Tube is a video sharing hosting and sharing site designed for hosting content produced by kids and content about kids. Kids Tube monitors all submissions and monitors comments left on videos. To encourage students to develop their videography skills, Kids Tube holds weekly videos submission contests. The contests are arranged around a theme and one winner is selected by the Kids Tube team.

Applications for Education
Kids Tube could be an excellent alternative to YouTube for hosting and sharing the video projects completed by your students. If you're teaching video production and need some project ideas, check out the Kids Tube contests for ideas.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Safe Share TV - Safe YouTube Viewing
30+ Alternatives to YouTube
View Pure - View YouTube Without the Clutter