Posts Tagged TeacherTube

Web Wandering Wednesdays – September 16, 2008

The return of Web Wandering Wednesdays brings a focus on educational online videos.  Why use video in the classroom?  Video provides a common experience for everyone in a class.  It brings the subject to life and teachers report students understand the concepts better and retain the information longer.  Best practices suggests that short clips work best and are the most effective.

We are very familiar with United Streaming and Brain Pop – but what are some other options?

  • Studio4Learning – has a variety a videos on math, science, English, social sciences, languages, business and arts.  Each topic is also divided into subtopics.  These videos are on demand teaching tools provided free of charge.  You also have an opportunity of submitting your own videos to address topics.  The target for this website is for a secondary audience.
  • TeacherTube – TeacherTube is the educational version of YouTube.  It is a place that students and teachers can post videos for easy access.  Videos found on TeacherTube can be embedded into blogs, wikis, teacherweb, etc for easy viewing by students.   You can also search TeacherTube for videos that others have posted, including ones from partnering organizations, such as from the American Institute for History Education.

Most news organizations offer news clips of current events and networks are also offering their TV shows online so check out their websites for documentaries and current events.

Any other suggestions of places to look for free video resources?  Ideas for using streaming media in class? Please share!

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How to Podcast – sort of…

This post explains a work around to posting audio files when you don’t have the space to host and stream the files.

Back in the fall the US History teachers wanted to post student created audio files and videos quickly (24 hours turn around). We didn’t have a space to host these types of files for easy access.  I could handle the video portion with the help of TeacherTube.  But where to host the audio files easily?  We decided to try TeacherTube as well, but first needed to transfer the audio to video files.  Here is our solution:

  1. Gathered audio files (created with Audacity) saved as wav files.
  2. Created a splash page using a PowerPoint slide and saving the slide as a jpg.
  3. Using PhotoStory 3 – import the PowerPoint slide. (Note: take off the pan and scan option in customize motion – scanning across text slides can be annoying!)
  4. Import your audio file. 
  5. Preview the file to make sure the entire audio file plays.
  6. Save the project and save it as for best for playback on your computer.

We then uploaded all the video files and the “audio” files (now videos) to Teacher Tube.  This allowed us to embed the files into the student’s wiki pages. 

This started the school on the path to podcasting, even though this was technically not podcasting.  Now we have a blog space that can hos the files and provide the syndication needed to classify it as a “podcast.”

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Embedding videos on your web page

Guest Blogger: Marlin Parrack

Alongside auditory and tactile/kinesthetic, visual learning styles are well represented among a majority of learners. Most students respond well to and are engaged by moving visual images. One way to reach this audience is through the use of web-based videos from a variety of sources, including the popular site YouTube. In this posting, I will share with you how to embed videos on your TeacherWeb page.

You may embed a video in most any page that you have already created, as long as it will accept html code (hyper text markup language–the “formulas” for creating content on a web page). If you would like to dedicate a page to videos and accompanying text, simply create a new page through the “Update Index” feature of TeacherWeb, choosing the button “Add/Delete/Rename Pages” and then clicking on “Add Pages” on the left-hand sidebar. A good choice for page type is the All Purpose page. Click on the expand (“plus sign”) button and name the page “Videos” or as you wish. Submit the page change, and you should see the new page when you return to your site index.

Click on the icon for your video page, then click on the top divider bar to edit the page. Now it’s simply a matter of inputting the embedding information for your chosen videos. Video sites such as YouTube will usually have an embedding code, which is a long series of html codes and numbers which you needn’t worry about understanding. Simply copy the entire code and paste it on your video page, and you’ve embedded the video onto your page!

If you wish to add text, just type where you want it to appear in relation to the video (above or below the code).

Advance use:

You can change the font and/or the color of the text by adding <font size=X color=Y> before the text, where X=2, 3, 4, 5, etc. and Y=blue, red, purple, etc. (or you can find codes for all shades imaginable, just Google “RGB codes”). Be sure and close the code using </font> after the text with the desired characteristics.

You may also want to alternately center or left-justify your videos and/or text by adding the code <div align=center> or <div align=left> before the text and video code. [It is a good idea to “close” the current code before switching to another setting, by using a forward slash, e.g. </div align>.]

If you would like to see an example of a TeacherWeb page with videos, please visit my site at http://teacherweb.com/TX/RidgeviewMS/MParrack/h6.stm
[includes advanced html features not discussed in this posting].

Notes:

• Whenever you submit TeacherWeb pages that contain html code (identified by the <> bracket types) it will warn you of use of the greater than sign. You can ignore this warning and view your page.

• You are not simply linking to the video on the host site, you are putting the actual video on your page. However, students may be able to click on suggested videos on the embedded screen after the primary video has played. Always remind them they should not watch materials not approved by you. And, of course, monitor use so that inappropriate images are not accessed.

• Videos on YouTube and other similar sites are often taken down, modified, or may require additional plug-ins not available on every computer. Be sure and check your embedded videos often to verify they are still working and have not become “dead.”

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Creating Online Content – Videos

This week my husband and I were watching American Idol and were wondering who orginally sung the song being preformed.  So I got online and googled the song.  Within seconds we were watching the original artists preform the song on YouTube.  We were also linked to other artists who had sung the song and were able to find the version and artist that we knew best.  No digging out old albums or cassette tapes, it’s all at your fingertips.

Finding video content online is a not difficult anymore.  With the advent of UnitedStreaming, YouTube,  and other streaming media you can find video of almost anything you want any time you want and are incorporating that into your teaching.  But what if you can’t find what you are looking for?  What if you have footage of something cool that you want to share with the world?  Maybe you want to get your students attention by posting the instructions in a way that is accessible to them anytime and anywhere.   

This week’s tech tip focuses on creating the video files, where to host the files online and how to make them easily accessible to your students.   To create the video I suggest PhotoStory if you are going to narrate pictures or a PowerPoint.  For video MovieMaker is easy to edit footage, add titles and add music.

Webcams now include software to turn yourself in to an avatar (think cartoon character) and you can record you voice and facial expressions to give directions to your students.  (See the example below.)   Something different to catch those middle school minds!

Once videos are created they can be embedded into a wiki, blog, or linked from your TeacherWeb page.  The advantage of being able to embed the video is the students never leave the page to view the content.

Here is a sample of a teaching video. 

 

(The shark in the video was created with a Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000.  Only certain Logitech Webcams will create the cartoon images of the narrator.  Check the back of the box if you are looking for this feature.  We have purchased one of these and it is available for use.)

Some Ideas for Teaching Videos:

  • Science labs – capture the process for students to refer back to or for students who were absent
  • Introduce a unit for your students that they can refer back to
  • Explain hard to get concepts or problem solving skills step by step 
  • Create a video to provide background info for a unit 

How can you see using this in your classroom?  Leave your ideas in the comments section.  Also leave your guesses as to who the voice of the shark is in the video. 

Get Students in on the Act:
Creating the videos can also be a task for the students.  When students create multimedia presentation they use their writing skills.  The key to a good presentation is writing a good script and storyboarding. Organization of ideas is essential because if the ideas are not organized, the presentation will also not be organized.  

What Multi Media Presentations Do Well:

  • Gives voice to student work
  • Creates visual interest in a subject
  • Can be turned into a vodcast (more on this in future posts).

Ways MultiMedia Presentations are being Used in Education:

  • Newscast about historical events
  • Advertisements
  • Reports about countries
  • Teach a subject to another class
  • Book reports

Free Software to create multi-media presentations:

  • Movie Maker – edits video and add transitions, titles, etc.
  • PhotoStory 3 – makes a slide show out of your pictures. – Add narration and pan and zoom effects. Good for student made documentaries, presentations.  

Once you have your video created, you need a place to keep that video that students, parents, etc can access easily.  I suggest www.teachertube.com. Why use TeacherTube to host your videos?  It’s free!  The storage space is unlimited.  It’s free.  The purpose of the site is to host and share educational videos.  Links to other videos should not be inappropriate for your students. Did I mention it’s free with unlimited space?  YouTube and Google Video contain videos clips that may nto be appropriate for our kiddos to see.  So please don’t tempt them by hosting your video there!  So choose wisely!

For the step by step how to’s on uploading to teacherTube and embedding videos into wikis and blogs – got to TeachWiki.

If you have an idea of what you might want to do, but need help getting there, let me know and we can make it happen! 

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