The safe “YouTube” for schools is SchoolTube. It’s very similar to YouTube since you can upload and share videos (and it’s free), but it is moderated to be sure that all content is child-friendly. SchoolTube is endorsed by over 20 national education associations. Here is an excerpt from their services page:
- Create your own videos for projects, homework, and events.
- Watch Schooltube videos created by students and teachers about everything.
- Safely share projects and assignments with you teachers, classmates, and peers.
- See what other students like you are doing around the world.
- Easily & Safely Share Videos.
- SchoolTube is approved for access in schools
- All videos are moderated by teachers like you.
- Spark student engagement and classroom discussions with video.
- Show your projects, lessons, and students’ achievement.
- Impact thousands of students & teachers around the world by sharing your ideas.
The videos are free to watch without creating an account. However, creating a free account gives you additional features and allows you to upload videos. Children under age 13 will require adult approval before signing up.
The website had ads, but the videos generally do not.
Free Video Hosting: Create an account to upload videos. There are no fees to host videos. This service is generally for students, teachers and schools. If you or your purpose are not necessarily associated with education, then there are other free video hosts available.
Web Freebie For Teachers: Since the videos are hosted on a child-friendly website they can be used in a school environment for activities and classes.
Free Web & Social Content: Click on the “share” icon on the top left of each video to see social sharing and embedding options.