Daily Diigo Bookmarks from Steve Yuen 03/19/2011

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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One Response to Daily Diigo Bookmarks from Steve Yuen 03/19/2011

  1. Sometimes I think we forget that YouTube is not the only source for video. It is so incredibly popular that is seems to have the monopoly on video hosting. The ‘Top 10 Alternatives to YouTube’ list offers many ways to do similar things as you may do on YouTube. One of the first things I noticed was ‘KidsTube.’ On their homepage in big letters it clearly states:

    We only have 2 rules, but we really mean it, so please read these:

    1. If you write a comment, it MUST be kind, positive, and encouraging. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Just move on to the next video or page. If you leave a rude comment on someone else’s contest entry, your video will be instantly disqualified. If you see a rude comment, don’t respond – just email KidsTube Staff right away.

    2. NO PROFANITY is allowed on KidsTube. Your account will be banned if you place ANY comments containing profanity. Even if you spell creatively or some of the letters are missing.

    As we all know, YouTube contains all sorts of things, including nasty comments that may not be appropriate. In fact, when you go to YouTube.com the home page opens up to popular videos, which may contain questionable material. As an educator, unless you find the video beforehand and have the specific URL, you do run the risk of pulling up a video on YouTube and seeing the most popular videos on the homepage or if you type in “B” in the search “Biology” a list of the most popular searches starting with “B” will pop up – that could be inappropriate for the classroom depending on the grade level. There really are a few concerns, but a place like KidsTube works hard to prevent that from happening.
    TeacherTube seems like a great tool for educators to share ideas, videos, etc. that can be used to improve education. Instead of sifting through literally every topic imaginable on YouTube, this site is genre-specific, so you explore education-related topics. Who knew there were so many more classroom appropriate alternatives to YouTube?

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