Wondering where to host videos? Although YouTube seems like the best choice, inappropriate content intermixed with educational videos makes it a difficult choice for K-12 schools. As a result, you are encouraged to think about other possible solutions. You can host your own or consider partnering with Next Vista for Learning…here’s more information:

The NextVista.org library encourages anyone interested to submit short, creative videos that could help students learn anything one might encounter in school. Please be aware of these guidelines before submitting:
    • videos must be for a student audience
    • videos should contain no copyrighted content
    • media used should be properly cited
    • videos should be no longer than five minutes
    • videos should be factually accurate
We encourage students not to make themselves identifiable in videos they submit to NextVista.org. If appearing on screen, we suggest not using one’s name. When a teacher assures us that he or she has proper release forms for students who in videos identify themselves, we will post the video, but we recommend that those making videos keep themselves from being easily identified.
We use DROPitTOme for video submissions, so it’s easy for you to get a video into our hands. Here’s the process:
    1. Make sure you named your video properly (see the rules for guidelines).
    2. Go to: http://www.dropitto.me/nextvista
    3. When prompted for a password, use: videodrop
    4. Upload your 40MB or smaller video.
To submit a video by email, contact us at videos@nextvista.org.
We frequently will ask contributors to make adjustments in order to meet our rules and educational efforts, and suggest that project files be saved if possible.
All videos are posted under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. One submitting a video authorizes those working with NextVista.org to use the video to promote the organization and its educational efforts, including posting the video on the Next Vista for Learning YouTube channel. Ownership is retained by the one submitting, and will be removed within four weeks from NextVista.org when requested by the submitting party. Next Vista for Learning is not responsible for what those who download the videos from NextVista.org may do with them.
Next Vista for Learning reserves the right to decide not to post any video submitted for any reason whatsoever.

If Next Vista for Learning doesn’t work for you, then consider using a self-hosted solution.
“What if I want to host teacher and student-created video, audio on school district servers? My technology department is supportive and wants to help. What do I need to do next?” Hosting your own content can be rewarding because you have complete control over the negative factors–if someone posts a video you do not consider appropriate, you can address the issue by removing it, checking to see who placed it there and following up with a conversation that facilitates a deeper awareness and practice of digital citizenship principles.

There are several web-based tools you can use to set up your own video-sharing site. However, setting them up can be challenging. As many districts embark on blogging and Moodle experiences, as well as many other Web 2.0 tools available, they are learning about the fundamentals of MySQL/PHP. For the uninitiated, setting up MySQL/PHP can be daunting, even though the process has gotten much easier with time and there are many tools available.
PHPMotion.com customized for East Central ISD school district by Mike Harber and Calvin Orsak
PHPMotion.com is one of two tools available for sharing videos via your school district servers:

PHPmotion Media Sharing CMS – PHPmotion is a free video sharing software that also has support for other types of media such as audio/mp3 sharing. The Content Managent System or (media cms application) will allow you to create and run your very own Video Sharing website, Music Sharing Site, Picture Sharing Site. With very little knowledge required you can now have a website just like youtube.com , dailymotion.com, veoh, hi5 and best of all, its 100% free to download and use.

Although PHPMotion can be installed, I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is a tough installation. I do not recommend embracing PHPMotion unless you are willing to spend money on support or you have someone on staff who is adept at installing the additional components and modules PHPMotion needs. In fact, while PHPMotion itself appears easy to install, it is the additional modules that make installation painful.

Another possible solution is VIMP Community Edition.

Check out Miguel’s Workshop Materials online at http://mglearns.wikispaces.com

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