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Dr. Joanne Meier

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne every week as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.


January 17, 2008

Continuing this month's Reading Rockets theme of reading and writing in the digital world, I thought I'd highlight TeacherTube. If you haven't seen it yet, it's YouTube for teachers. There are thousands of videos there, created by and for teachers. It also includes student projects and videos teachers could use for teaching. Viewers can see what's being viewed right now, comment on videos and vote for ones you think should be featured.

For me, the site buffers pretty slowly, but you might have more luck. I also wish the organization of the site were more intuitive, but if you use the Search feature, you can find some good things. I searched for "fluency," "reading comprehension," "phonics," and "strategies." Two of my finds...

Have you ever seen kids "playing" the Crazy Professor reading game? I saw it for the first time a few months ago at PowerTeachers. On TeacherTube, a first grade teacher posted a short video of her class "playing" it.

Free-Reading, the site I blogged about two weeks ago has a bunch of videos on TeacherTube. I watched a letter writing lesson.

Browsing around TeacherTube reinforces what we know: Some teachers are using technology with their students and to share with other teachers. That's cool!

If you're looking for other video of teachers, check out our very own Watch & Learn section. You can watch through Google, it looks great, and is targeted just for teachers of young kids.

NOTE: TeacherTube is not a site intended for students to navigate on their own. There may be PSAs or videos on there with content not suitable for young children.

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