Each week Simon Collier and I collaborate on a weekly email newsletter to inform teachers of great online tools. Find out more here.
This week we review the site, Zuitube (http://video.kidzui.com/)
Zuitube is basically YouTube for kids. The site promotes itself as the “largest collection of videos for kids on the web“.
YouTube videos can be very useful in the classroom however, finding appropriate, kid-friendly videos on YouTube can be like finding a needle in a haystack! Zuitube allows you to search for specific topics or browse categories and channels.
All the videos on Zuitube have been reviewed by parents or teachers and there are currently over 60,000 videos on the site.
ZuiTube is part of KidZui, a web browser and search engine for kids that filters internet content.
We like Zuitube because it:
- is free
- is suitable for all year levels (NB: there seems to be more content for primary rather than secondary kids)
- doesn’t require any login
- there are videos that could compliment every curriculum area
- the search function is very kid-friendly (when you type in a search word, suggestions pop up and search results also include a picture – great for non-readers)
- is safe for kids.
The only downside of Zuitube that we can see is the fact that you have to actually go to YouTube to get the link to embed videos on blogs or websites.
To use Zuitube
- Go to http://video.kidzui.com/
- Search for the video or category you want by clicking on
- tags (categories), or
- You can also browse the featured pages such as “Funniest Videos”, “New TV & Cartoons”, “Movies”, “Silly Songs” or “New Music”.
- When you watch a video, other related videos will appear down the bottom of the screen.
USES IN THE CLASSROOM
Zuitube could be used…
- as a lesson introduction in any subject area (on an IWB or projector)
- in a music lesson or sing-a-long session (there are lots of great songs for kids)
- to find kid-friendly videos to enhance blogs, wikis or websites
- as a stimulus for a listening or comprehension activity (students could answer oral or written questions about a video)
- to analyse characters, plots etc in clips from tv shows and movies
- to add some humour to your classroom! At the end of each day you could watch a funny video with your class.
Have a go at using Zuitube with your class! Let us know how you went using this tool in your classroom by leaving a comment.