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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

YouTube Alternatives

Here is a list of alternatives to finding video content that may be useful.

Option 1

Convert YouTube videos at home and download the files to a place you can open them at school. Click here for a 4-minute how-to video.

Option 2

Search alternative video sites that are available through district resources.
Note: It is noted where inappropriate or objectionable content is accessible so you can know whether to use this for just yourself or with your students, too.

Discovery Education—Most buildings have a subscription to Discovery Education, and now DE has built a site that is optimized for playing content on iPhones (iPod Touches) and iPads: Mobile Discovery Education.

SchoolTube—SchoolTube.com is the nation's largest K-12 moderated video sharing website that provides students and educators with a safe and FREE video sharing website that is exclusively endorsed by leading education associations.

TeacherTube—Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners.

Snotr—“Snotr is a source for short and funny or interesting videos . . . Please note that we try to keep this website family-safe, so adult submissions are not allowed.” (from Snotr’s site)

Vimeo—Vimeo is a respectful community of creative people who are passionate about sharing the videos they make. We provide the best tools and highest quality video in the universe.

Viddler—Viddler is a friendly video platform for professional and personal use, with content in multiple formats that will even play on an iPhone or iPad. There is some inappropriate content.

Veoh—The home for much larger video (i.e. movie) files. Inappropriate content available.

Videojug-- It’s essentially a repository for how-to videos for life-hackers, with thousands of physical demonstrations on just about everything, from changing a light-bulb to dismantling your pop-up tent. Some questionable content available.

Hulu—This is the place for past episodes of TV shows.

Bing Video (MSN)—Microsoft’s version of Google Video. There is lots of great content here.

NBC Learn—NBC Learn was designed to help students and lifelong learners interact with content in ways never before possible, with access to thousands of current and historic videos and other resources incorporated into fun games and activities. Unfortunately, this is a pay site for all the bells and whistles, but there is a significant amount of free content.

CNN Student News—CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion Web site are available free of charge throughout the school year.

dotSUB—dotSUB is a browser based, one-stop, self contained system for creating and viewing subtitles for videos in multiple languages across all platforms, including web based, mobile devices, and transcription and video editing systems. It's easy to use, nothing to buy or download, and it's fun. You can upload your videos, transcribe and time caption them, translate them into and from any language, and share them with the world. You can also embed the dotSUB player onto most websites and blogs with full dotSUB functionality.

PBS Video—Many full-length PBS programs are available, with more content available each day. For children's programming, explore PBS KIDS GO!, with more than 250 hours of full-length episodes featuring favorites such as Arthur, Maya & Miguel and WordGirl.

National Geographic Video—The name says it all—cultures, geography, animals, and more!

A & E Video—Full episodes from current A & E series.

History Channel Video—Watch full episodes of History Channel shows and find clips from past History broadcasts.

Discovery—Clips and partial episodes available for many Discovery Channel broadcasts.

Biography—Take a look at videos from the Biography Channel.

iTunes U—Content on iTunes U is accessible through iTunes, an application many students are already using, so it’s easy and intuitive for them to find what they’re looking for. They can download iTunes U audio and video offerings one at a time or subscribe to entire courses and have new items download automatically as soon as they become available.

TED Talks—“Ideas worth spreading-- Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”

Blip TV—“ Online video with a strong slant toward webisodes, web series, and other serial content. Blip users rarely post one-off videos — in fact, Blip encourages regular content — so quality is usually pretty high. Some inappropriate content can be found.

Flickr Video—Flickr used to be only photos, but now users can upload their videos to share. Some inappropriate content can be found.

USGS—Multimedia offered from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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