Yesterday, we had a district technology expert spend the day with us. She camped out in our computer lab and we had the opportunity to work with her during our planning periods on our school web pages. The district provides a basic template we have to use for our web pages, but it's not terribly attractive, in my opinion. Since I had started my web page early in the the school year, I worked with her on how to improve the appearance of my page. My planning time is pretty scattered, so I started the day in the lab, spent about 20 minutes, popped back in again during lunch and then at then end of the day.
While I had the technology expert there, I picked her brain about my sight word powerpoints and how I could get them to work for every child. We discussed several ideas including putting together a YouTube channel. I thought about it for a while and decided I didn't necessarily want my little ones on YouTube unattended. There are some very good educational videos on there, but there is also a LOT of items NOT appropriate for children. I shared my concerns with the expert. She listened and agreed. While I taught my classes, she did some investigating and when I returned at the end of the day, she showed me SchoolTube. I had seen TeacherTube before, but wasn't familiar with SchoolTube. She found some ESL sight words presentations posted there and shared them with me.
The district expert and I want to work together (with any other district ESL teachers who might be interested) and create our own district SchoolTube channel where we can post our own videos and presentations. Woooo-hooo! It should be fun!