At SchoolTube we are frequently asked, “what are ways teachers and schools use SchoolTube?” Quite simply, school life is on SchoolTube. It is a repository for both educational videos and informational videos generated by the faculty, students and staff at a K12 education institution.
To be specific, here are some typical uses cases for SchoolTube in K-12 education.
Teachers use SchoolTube to create and share lesson videos. More and more teaching is being done through video, either as the primary teaching tool or in support of live lectures and instruction. For example, one SchoolTube teacher-user simply records every lesson she gives via a camera in the room focused on the white board. These lesson recordings are then shared with her students for review at home or later. Teachers also create lessons in PowerPoint, Word Docs, Google Docs, and other software, of which can be recorded and shared. SchoolTube now makes this easy with our embedded screen and audio capture tools. Pro tip: Wear a clip on mic, or other standalone mic when recording lesson videos. Your device mic is not the best for picking up your voice.
Schools use SchoolTube to create and share school announcements and news. One of the primary uses of SchoolTube is for sharing daily school TV news programs. Sharing school news is such a big part of SchoolTube, we’ve written an informational blog on this topic and created a video on How To Start a School TV News Show. Pro Tip: Start with bi-weekly news shows until you have your process down.
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Teachers use SchoolTube as a collection point for student video projects. More and more, teachers are assigning homework or projects where the outcome is a video. For example, assigning a report on volcanoes. Such topics lend themselves to video, and can be created simply in PowerPoint, with images and the student voice over. As the students create their videos they are uploaded under the student’s account, and then shared with the teacher for grading. Teachers can also create specific channels for each assignment and make their students contributors to that channel.
Teachers use SchoolTube to find materials and lessons created by others to share in their class. SchoolTube is filled with lessons and projects created by teachers and students from around the USA and the world for that matter. Just use the search bar, type in a subject and see what your peers have created!
Districts use SchoolTube to share school board meeting recordings. School board meetings are regularly recorded and shared on SchoolTube. A challenge with recording and sharing school board meetings is that they must be captioned to be ADA compliant. Any video shown on a school website should be captioned to be ADA compliant. SchoolTube will be offering two captioning process in 2019-20 to help solve this problem. The first, is Automated Captioning, where as a video is uploaded it is captioned using automated speech recognition (ASR) technology. ASR is about 80%-85% accurate. To increase accuracy, users can open and edit the caption file. A second level of captioning will be offered that uses live agents to watch the video and ad captions. This is an off-line process and carries a per-minute fee. At the time this post was written, we are still hammering out our pricing and process for the live agent process. Live agent captioning is 100% ADA compliant.
As you can see there are many potential applications for SchoolTube in the K-12 environment. By far the teacher lessons, student video projects and school news announcements make up the bulk of the videos on SchoolTube.