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Pros: Safe and easy video hosting without advertising and side video recommendations.
Cons: Students may lack motivation since the site is purely educational and removes what makes YouTube so popular.
Bottom Line: A great solution for schools hoping to publish videos in a tightly controlled space.
Teachers create accounts on SchoolTube by finding their school in a drop-down menu and submitting an email address. If no school account exists, SchoolTube prompts teachers to register their school. Students hoping to register have to also find their school in a drop-down menu. If the school isn't there, they're directed to ask an adult at school to create an account. There were plans in 2020 to connect SchoolTube to Google Classroom.
Uploading, creating, editing, and sharing on SchoolTube is simple. Various options for privacy settings offer flexibility. Once a teacher's account is confirmed, they can approve their own videos and publish them instantly. Teachers can organize videos into a playlist, which can also be added to a channel. This is especially handy if you have several classrooms during the day and need different resources. Users can be added to a channel, allowing students to upload or create their own videos. Sharing is an easy process using Facebook, Twitter, or hyperlinks, or by embedding videos into a webpage. New features include the ability to add attachments and a video quiz. The recent updates allow more interaction with videos, increasing learning and interest.
SchoolTube is a safe environment for hosting and sharing videos without advertising and side video recommendations, which can distract learners from their main purpose. In SchoolTube, teachers and students can add a YouTube video into their playlist, but all the surrounding content usually found on the YouTube site has been removed, including advertising. On the SchoolTube website, there are several options, which include uploading videos, capturing a device screen image, recording video within the program, and adding attachments to videos, plus the ability to add a video quiz. The editor has more options after digging deeper into the program. This is a solid program for teachers and students, enabling them to add or create their own videos with new features that offer greater interaction by the students in a safe digital environment.
SchoolTube allows teachers to control the content that students are viewing by removing distracting advertising. Channels and playlists help organize the videos for easy access and sharing with students and parents. It's best for teachers and schools who want to create and publish videos but have concerns about YouTube's questionable content. The process to upload and share content is straightforward, but how-to videos and FAQs are available if more help is needed. A SchoolTube blog discusses current issues about cyberbullying, the benefits of sharing student video productions online, or how to use a green screen.
SchoolTube may not have the largest or most exciting compilation of videos, but the ability to share videos from other sites such as YouTube adds a layer of interest with digital safety. The new updates enhance teacher-created videos, offering a blended learning approach.