F R E E T E C H 4 T E A C H E R S . C O M
Educational Alternatives to
YouTube is blocked in many schools, these alternates
provide quality content.
Snag Films - Free Documentaries SchoolTube - Share Videos DotSub - Videos With Subtitles
Since Snag Films launched in the SchoolTube is similar to TeacherTube
DotSub is a great resource for foreign
(Northern Hemisphere) summer of in that both are designed for
language teachers, ESL/ EFL
2008 I have been able to watch dozens classroom use. SchoolTube was
teachers, and teachers of students
of NOVA and National Geographic chosen for inclusion in this guide
with hearing impairments.
films that I otherwise would have had because it generally has less
to buy or rent. advertising and faster upload times
DotSub is full of user generated
than TeacherTube. That said, both are
content that is subtitled into many
Snag Films solves two problems for
good alternatives to YouTube.
different languages. Transcribing of
me. The first problem is overcoming a
videos is done by volunteers. Anyone
limited budget. The second problem SchoolTube’s purpose is to give
with the time and patience can
is providing a way for a student that students and teachers a place to find
transcribe a video for use on DotSub.
is absent from class to watch the film I videos and share videos. You can
One of the better channels on DotSub
showed in class without having to locate videos appropriate for
is the TED Talks channel which, in
lend out a dvd. classroom use on SchoolTube. If your
some cases, has videos available in up
students create videos of their own
All of the movies on Snag Films can
to 40 languages.
they can share those videos with the
be embedded into the blog that you
world. Sharing videos provides
Foreign Language teachers could
maintain for communicating with
students with an authentic, real-
have students find their favorite short
world audience for their work.
YouTube videos or SchoolTube videos
SchoolTube occasionally runs contests
to transcribe into the language that
to which students can submit their
they are studying.
Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration http://freetech4teachers.com
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