Hello. I'm looking for something like a Collaborize Classroom that would allow a small group of students to work together on a video project. I want the students to be able to upload video directly to the site -- without having to put it on YouTube. I want the students to be able to comment on and have discussions about one another's videos. And I'm hoping the site is free. Anything out there like that? Thanks for any help.
iEARN Global Collaboration is a wonderful program. I am finishing a course with them, learning how to navigate the course, establish a project, connect with teachers, enroll the students, etc. Through the Collaboration Centre teachers can set up student accounts where students collaborate on chosen projects. Although teachers can create their own, there are so many to choose from, why recreate the wheel? http://www.iearn.org/
I have found the projects to be excellent for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The projects are from many content areas--social, cultural, environmental, scientific, etc. The program is involved PBL, so it is a great learning experience for teachers and students. For the younger children it is also a "safe" way to interact.
I am a co-founder of IT4ALL website, facilitator of Moodle for Teachers workshops. This site employs Moodle. In the frame of the International Writing Echange (IWE) project I was collaborating with the Amerrican professor from Japan and her 14 Japanese students who created video-stories about themselves and my American students were to respond and provide feedback on those video-projects and interact with each other. It worked well. We used Forum for that purpose. If thos suits you, visit the site, join it, and contact me, Ludmilla Smirnova, firstname.lastname@example.org or Nellie Deutsch email@example.com to set up a project space for you.
I understand this is a bit late, but I just recently came across a site that I think would work perfectly for what you describe. If anyone is interested in having meaningful conversation around a video (self-created or YouTube), then I would suggest you try Vialogues.
After uploading a video, you can invite users to comment and answer poll questions. I think this is a great way to encourage peer evaluations. I could see myself uploading student videos and inviting the rest of the class to watch the videos and make comments related to the assigned objectives. I would also add a poll question for each video so students could give an overall "grade" for the piece. No more wasting class time watching student videos, with this website, students can even do this for homework!
Please let me know if you try this site or have other ideas for using it.