Synchtube is a new service for watching videos and chatting about them at the same time. Here’s how it works; find the url of your favorite YouTube video, copy that url into Synchtube, and begin chatting with your friends while the video is playing. You can comment on the video and share thoughts inspired by the video while you’re watching. Right now Synchtube is in beta and you can only have four people chatting at once, but hopefully that limit will be increased in the future.
Applications for Education
Before Christmas I shared a post about using Todaysmeet to host a back-channel discussion with my students while we watched the film Glory. Synchtube could be used in a similar manner. Students could watch a video and ask the teacher questions or make comments while the video is playing.