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Description


Similar to YouTube, TeacherTube is a video sharing website and online community where those involved in education, like teachers and students, can share and exchange resources such as documents, photos, blog, and videos. Launched in 2007, TeacherTube has over 525,000 members and boasts over 200,000 videos. TeacherTube encourages their members to post their own videos and to offer feedback on site content. Teachers can use TeacherTube to find information, post comments, and also as a tool for instruction. Students are able to post videos they have made in class to the website as well.




Related Theory


TeacherTube videos can be used to help explain concepts or for demonstrating a concept. Using videos can capture the attention of students who have short attention spans. TeacherTube appeals to various learning styles, especially visual learners.

Educators can incorporate TeacherTube's content into various learning theories. TeacherTube content may be most related to the constructivist theory.

Constructivist Learning Theory

According to this theory students learn by interaction between their experiences and their ideas. TeacherTube allows teachers to connect lessons learned inside the classroom with the outside world by showing examples of different cultures, languages, geographical locations, and experiences through videos. By learning how what they learn in the classroom affects their real-world experience, the videos help students shape their knowledge on a subject. Students can also use TeacherTube to actively explore subjects that are of most interest to them such as history. They can watch a video on the history of Abraham Lincoln or watch an actor recite The Gettysburg Address. TeacherTube allows students to decide the content they would like to explore next.

Teachers can also use TeacherTube to as a dialogue to assess a student’s knowledge on a subject. Students can research a topic of interest to them and then post the video on TeacherTube where it becomes an interactive learning experience, an important element of the Constructivist learning theory.




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Benefits


TeacherTube is a website that is specifically designed for educational purposes, and was created with educators, students, and educational administrators in mind.

TeacherTube hosts various instructional videos and documents to help teachers learn, problem solve, and incorporate technology into their classroom

Teachers can use TeacherTube in student discussions. For instance chemistry teachers can show a video on how not to do something in the lab, or to talk about lab safety and etiquette.

Students can watch educational videos through TeacherTube, or make their own video to post to the website.

Teachers can also use TeacherTube as a forum to learn more about the nature of learners or how to integrate technology into the classroom in an effective and engaging manner.

Educators can use TeacherTube to find and discuss ideas, learn about new methods of teaching, and discover instructional materials.

Teachers can use TeacherTube to show students experiments, geographical locations, and take students on virtual field trips to the moon.

Using TeacherTube, students are able to practice their critical viewing and media literacy skills.

Users also have the ability to preserve TeacherTube's integrity by flagging inappropriate content

Challenges


Because you have to access TeacherTube online, it's important to have a reliable internet connection, and also a screen or monitor if you are planning on projecting a video in front of a classroom. Sometimes while I attempted to access TeacherTube, I experienced a slow video upload time.

TeacherTube videos are not always of the highest quality so it's important to take time in researching various videos to use for instruction in order to weed out weak content.


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Special Guidance


Some of the videos on TeacherTube feature advertisements before the video starts playing, which include political advertisements. This could be of some concern when asking students to access videos from TeacherTube, and something that educators should be area of. Members of TeacherTube are not exposed to advertisements before videos.


Current Research


No Child Left Behind: Scientific Research Indicates that Using Video in the Classroom Improves Learning

“The evidence is in, and the research supports what most of us in education have known intuitively all along. Not only does the use of video as part of a lesson plan help students understand concepts and retain information, but it also has the effect of increasing the students' enthusiasm about the information presented to them and causes them to become more motivated to learn. Video's ability to provide a unique learning experience, one which will engage the student in ways beyond traditional textbook and lecture, is at the heart of the scientific research that demonstrates that the use of video in the classroom improves learning, retention and test scores.”


The National Teacher Training Institute (NTTI) says that students use educational videos in the classroom say that their students retain more information. They also report that students understand concepts faster and are more engaged learners.


Teachers in the Galena Park school district use TeacherTube for students from elementary school to high school. Younger students watch videos of teachers rapping about the rules of multiplication, while high schoolers see instructional videos on topics like calculus. Teachers sometimes assign video-watching as part of homework, says Dollie Mayeux, the school district's program director for mathematics. For example, if a student is struggling with a particular math equation, the student can watch an instructional video at home on how to solve the problem.

Read the Wall Street Journal article on Teachers tap video-sharing in the classroom here.



Lesson Ideas


This video, Fraction Rap, walks students through solving fractions, percentages, and the meaning of fractions.Watching this video before fraction instruction may help students connect with and remember the material. This video can also be used as a refresher for students who are already familiar with fractions.



This video on how not to use PowerPoint is a humorous way for teachers to introduce PowerPoint to students, while also educating students on common PowerPoint pitfalls like using too many words on one slide.


The video below features an entertaining cartoon on the human skeleton and could be used in a biology class to discuss body parts and movements.


In addition to videos, TeacherTube also offers photos and documents educators can use when creating lesson plans. Documents include the periodic table of elements, a document containing love poems, and a PowerPoint presentation on cells.The site also offers actual lesson plans that teachers can use or review for lesson ideas.


Resources


Follow TeacherTube on Twitter at http://twitter.com/teachertube

Here's an article on using videos to teach high school science


Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TeacherTube
http://hubpages.com/hub/teachertubes
http://www.suite101.com/content/teacher-tube-science-videos-support-teaching-a66370
http://teachertube.blogspot.com/2007/03/why-use-videos-in-education.html
http://www.libraryvideo.com/articles/article18.asp