With the surge in Covid-19 cases in India, K12 schools are reportedly shifting to online learning, hybrid learning, and other non-traditional formats. Many are now seeking education video hosting solutions for India-based K12 schools as a result. However, where there is a solid internet infrastructure, the Indian schools have more response options. According to stats quoted by Brookings, the 2017-18 National Sample Survey reported only 23.8 percent of Indian households had internet access. In rural households (66% of the population), only 14.9 percent had access, and in urban households only 42 percent had access. Certainly, there have been strides made since 2018, but the fact remains that remote learning demands strong internet connectivity.
Video Lessons Paired with Live Remote Teaching is the Key
A lesson learned from US school closings is that live, remote group classes are difficult to implement, especially under forced conditions. Distractions, training, connectivity issues, privacy issues, all came into play. While some students thrived, many struggled. A hybrid approach where live classes are paired with video-based lessons/instruction is the best combination. The teacher can introduce new topics, lecture, hold a discussion, and show examples while providing video-based resources that reinforce the live lecture. Students that can not attend live, or want a refresher, can watch the video. Often paired with an LMS such as Google Classroom, or Schoology, the video links are embedded alongside other lesson materials. Much of online learning that existed prior to Covid-19 followed this model – self-paced, with recorded materials paired with periodic live instruction. Not all students are ready for this, nor are many parents – but some thrive, and with time, many more will.
SchoolTube – Education Video Hosting for India-based Schools
Just as it did in the United States, SchoolTube emerged as the perfect solution for augmenting both remote and classroom-based learning. SchoolTube is a K12-focused platform, founded in 2007 that offers a more controlled and curated content approach vs YouTube© other commercial video hosting platforms. For K12 schools in India seeking a quality video creation, hosting, and sharing platform they should consider SchoolTube. SchoolTube has a growing base of users in India, and there are no use limitations, providing solid internet connectivity exists in the viewing area.
SchoolTube provides the ability for K12 teachers to create one or more personal channels for organizing their videos, including linking YouTube videos to their account, which play through the SchoolTube video player*. Within each channel, videos can be further organized into playlists by subject, grade, class, etc. Videos can be shared at multiple levels – by their channel URL, by their playlist URL, and directly by the video’s URL. Videos and playlists can also be embedded into school or teacher websites for further viewing convenience.
Getting Started with SchoolTube in India
SchoolTube offers single sign-on through Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, and Clever. If none of these are available, users can also create direct credentials, so there are multiple sign-on options available.
SchoolTube is available in India on a fee basis of US $1.00/student for enrollments with a minimum enrollment of 350 students. This includes all standard features, plus ad-free viewing. Discounts are available above 5,000 students. For more information or to get started, please use the form below to contact SchoolTube.
*Subject to YouTube filtering if activated on the school network.
**Free option, supported with school-appropriate ads and sponsors.