Meet Me at the Corner is a cool kind of “YouTube for Children.” Designed by Donna Guthrie, a children’s author, the site appears to be well-moderated in order to create a safe, “kid friendly” space. The authors of the Web site encourage children, aged 7-12, to submit their own podcasts on various topics of interest. Originally created as a venue for children to produce their own podcasts about the people, places, and history of New York City, the Web site’s authors now seek podcasts from children from all corners of the world in order to construct a series of virtual community field trips.
I decided to feature this site for three reasons. First, I think a site for videos, produced and submitted by children, is a creative idea and one which teachers, students, and parents could utilize.
I was also personally interested in the site because I have recently been encouraged by my administrators to create podcast library instruction tutorials. Mark Camp, from JSU’s Office of Distance Education, was extremely helpful in instructing the reference librarians on how to make podcast tutorials and showed us what tools are at our disposal. We were encouraged to submit these library tutorials to JSU’s ITunes U. However, I have sort of been procrastinating, as my video experiences have not been so hot. In fact, my few attempts at creating short little videos have been downright embarrassing. I certainly won’t win a Sundance Award for my feeble contributions to the YouTube Universe, thus far. I thought I might take a look at the podcasts created by the children on this site to motivate me and help build my confidence before attempting an actual professional podcast. There is even a video on MeetMeAtTheCorner.org about how to create podcasts which I watched to give me pointers.
Finally, the most recent podcast featured on the site is an interview with the band, Trout Fishing in America. I absolutely loved hearing this band play years ago at Be Here Now which is “no longer there” in Asheville, North Carolina. This has nothing to do with the price of peanuts. I just thought it was cool.
My ramblings aside, here is Ms. Guthrie’s own description of the site:
Geared to children ages 7-12, MeetMeAtTheCorner.org is a dynamic, interactive site, which encourages individual expression and participation through video submissions from children worldwide. Through these video podcasts, the site creates a community of children who learn the art of self-expression and storytelling through video. The site is free of charge.
MeetMeAtTheCorner.org currently offers more than 50 three-to four-minute episodes. Recent additions include interviews with famous artists and writers, trips to New York City, San Diego, and Colorado, and introductions to unusual hobbies. New trips are added every three weeks