Source: The School Library Journal, A Video Hosting Solution for Schools by Christopher Harris (@infomancy)

Why not host those Common Core videos created by students on your own servers, rather than swing wide the gates of YouTube promiscuous perfidy (playing here…) with binders of age-inappropriate content for K-12 students? (or, you could have a discussion with the Community about teachable moments…no, you’re right).

In this School Library Journal article, Christopher Harris (Twitter: @infomancy) points out the following:

Podcasting was all the rage a few years ago, but these days, video reigns supreme. In New York’s recently released Common Core (CC) exemplar modules for English Language Arts, about half of the tasks required of students in grades three to five either expressly stipulate video or lend themselves perfectly to a video assignment. So under CC, students will be writing scripts, reviewing books, making public service announcements, and creating other content, all using video. For schools, this presents a technical challenge: Where to host all this video?

Although Christopher points out that they used a bevy of free, open source solutions to handle video, he didn’t mention the following Do It Yourself (DIY) YouTube clone solutions (listed in alpha order) that could be hosted internally on a GNU/Linux server or virtual Linux server:

  1. ClipBucket – A free open source solution (FOSS) replete with features. Check out the demo.
  2. CumulusClips – A FOSS that looks pretty good. Check out the server requirements and play around with an installed version, a demo.
  3. PHPMotion – This allows you to host, not only videos, but MP3 audio files. Play around with demo of this free, open source solution. Check out server requirements.
  4. Kaltura video hosting – This features Moodle/Elgg support.

While it’s easy to understand why a school district or a small team of technicians wouldn’t want to take on DIY video hosting, and as great a solution as Vimeo is, some may want to consider DIY as an opportunity to REALLY jump into podcasting (involves hosting audio files) and video (enhanced and video podcasting, digital storytelling), and addresses the “community” aspect of videos.

I hope to be implementing one of the 4 solutions above in my teaching, learning and leading situation. I’ll be sure to report back on the particulars of success (or not).


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