YouTube Blocked? SchoolTube Isn't
With many schools, corporations and organizations blocking YouTube (the popular video sharing site), you just knew there would be other options cropping up. Well, here is a great one; plus you get to see some future media stars in their early years.
This site provides a free service similar in concept to YouTube with some very significant distinctions. A faculty member or authorized moderator approves uploaded videos associated with that school.
SchoolTube has been around for a while. Carl Arizpe and his son, Andrew Arizpe, started the site in 2006.
I spoke with Andrew Arizpe about the site on Oct. 11, 2010:
What inspired SchoolTube?
“We did some research on user generated content in 2006, asking students and teachers about things they were looking for in a video sharing service - things they weren’t getting from sites like YouTube. Security was a critical request. So our idea was to provide a moderated process allowing a safe and secure place to showcase student videos. Then this means we wouldn't get blocked and schools could feel good about the students having access.”
We went live in March of 2007. There have been four versions since, we try to add new features every year.”
How does the moderation process work?
“A faculty member or authorized moderator goes to SchoolTube.com and creates a free account for their school. Then students (or faculty) can upload a video to their school’s account and it's held until the moderator approves it. Then it goes public. The moderator is critical to the whole process. We check to verify that the person is legit. We contact the school, verify the status and check email accounts.
So you don’t do any moderation?
“Correct. We rely on the authorized person connected to the school.”
How many videos do you have on the site?
“It’s growing every day. We currently have about 115,000 videos and about 500 new ones uploaded daily. We have about 5000 schools with active accounts.”
Is there a limit in size or length?
“Our file size limit is 2GB and we have videos from 30 seconds to two hours long. Some kids have created feature length films. We also have the ability to do HD and live streaming as well.”