Tuesday, 13 January 2009
TrueTube is a relatively new website that enables young people to debate ethical, cultural and political issues using video. The site has been nominated for a BETT award and is aimed at secondary school students. It presents controversial topics from a variety of viewpoints and builds on young people's understanding and use of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. It will also soon have a younger brother/sister called Truetube Junior for primary school aged children. The designers of the site make it clear that not all content might be useful or appropriate in a classroom context, but this kind of resource might be an engaging way of debating all manner of issues related to Personal and Economic Well-Being and beyond. The site encourages users to create their own content and provides them with an online video editing toolbox. There are some very useful "How to" videos on the site covering topics like "Shooting DV" and how to get on in the music industry.