When I researched websites that would be able to store and stream the videos I'm making, I decided to use Vimeo. I'm paying for an account with them because, among other reasons, they have a variety of formats available for sharing videos. The format I'm using to share videos on this web site is called a portfolio. I selected this format because, within any portfolio, you can only see the videos that I have selected. This makes it easy to set up a sequence of videos for a particular phonics book, with all of them together and in order, making it easy to find the one you're looking for. The really nice thing about the portfolio format is that only the videos I put into the portfolio can be seen. This is important to me because there may be times children are watching the videos on their own. I don't want them to be exposed to videos on other topics, created by someone else, since I can't screen the content of other people's videos to make sure they are appropriate.
On the other hand, on the Vimeo web site, I have stored all of the same videos in a different type of collection called an album. Like a portfolio, I can set up an album for a particular book and put all the videos for that book together. I can even set it up so that only my videos can be seen from the album page. This is fine for adults. The problem is that there is an (unobtrusive) menu at the top of the page. By clicking on this menu, you can see various other videos, not my own, that are available on the site. While many of these may be fine for students, there may be some that are not fine. So, I had put a password on the videos in these albums. Unfortunately, this has caused confusion with teachers searching for the videos and finding them locked, so I have removed the passwords and made them available to anyone.
So, the bottom line is this. If you want students to watch phonics videos from Sound City Reading, I suggest that you use the links under the videos tab at www.soundcityreading.net to get to the desired portfolios. On the other hand, teachers, parents, and tutors may search for Sound City Reading videos on the Vimeo site and watch those if they wish.
Here is a link to the Vimeo site.
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