At SchoolTube we are constantly trying to demonstrate how districts, teachers, and schools can use our K12 video sharing and organizing tools to create a safe, engaging, and friendly viewing environment for their important videos. This time, let’s let one of our great customers tell the story!
Check out Grand Island School District’s channel on SchoolTube – a perfect example of how to use SchoolTube to share videos under a central channel organized into playlists. They have playlists for announcements, school board meetings, fun stuff, assemblies, graduation, and more. Mark Gorton, Grand Island’s Audio-Visual Tech, manages their channel and has become quite an expert on our system! While Grand Island’s channel shows a district-level use, this format can be used for individual schools and can be used by teachers to organize their videos by subject, unit, class, etc. If you would like to be able to create a channel like Mark and Grand Island, start by creating your FREE* SchoolTube account today!
We Interviewed Mark to Learn More.
Mark has been a long-time SchoolTube user, 12 years in fact! SchoolTube was founded in 2007, so Mark is one of our pioneers – thank you for supporting us all these years! Mark said things for them really started to change in 2019 when SchoolTube released its new platform. “The ability to create channels and playlists has allowed us to manage and segment our videos,” said Mark. “We now have the ability to create playlists containing our most important videos and order those playlists in our channel according to their viewership.” Mark also uses the channel analytics page to gain insight into viewership and trending videos. Teachers submit videos to Mark and then he organizes them into their various playlists. Many teachers at the Grand Island District also have their own SchoolTube accounts for sharing videos with their students.
SchoolTube Automatic Closed Captions Saves the Day
Last year Mark shared that there was a district-wide initiative to provide closed captioning on all videos shared by the district. “We were looking at several options and getting called on by other platforms,” said Mark. “Then, we realized that SchoolTube automatically applies English captions when videos are uploaded and that solved our problem – for FREE! We are now ADA-compliant on captions.” Mark also uses the caption editor to make corrections to captions that might be missed by SchoolTube’s automated process. During our interview, Mark learned that SchoolTube now offers Spanish and 12 other ethnic captions.
Mark Never Stops Learning
“I am constantly tweaking, testing, and experimenting with SchoolTube,” commented Mark. “Most recently I discovered the Timeline Function, which provides the ability to add chapter marks to a long video.” Mark added, “with chapters, we can tell parents to go to a specific chapter of a video to watch certain content. It’s an amazing tool and I use it all the time.” Mark has also recently started to play with SchoolTube’s attachment feature and feels there may be some application for that, for example attaching a handout to a school board meeting video.
Mark’s SchoolTube Tips & Advice.
We asked Mark, what words of wisdom he would like to share with other SchoolTube users from his over 12-years of experience, and here is what he shared:
- Watch the SchoolTube user tutorials – they cover everything you need to know in small, easy-to-follow segments.
- Advertise SchoolTube in your district! Let teachers and department heads know it is available and how it can be used.
- Play with SchoolTube! Use the private video setting to play, tinker and experiment to hone your skills.
Learn More & Sign Up for SchoolTube
Below are links to Grand Island’s channel and tutorials on how to create your own channels and playlists.