I just returned from a short weekend vacation, during which my husband used a Flip video camera to take a lot of short movies. He edits them using Mac software (iMovie HD) and uploads them to Vimeo, a video sharing site, which is easy to use and has some great privacy settings (so it's a bit less public than sharing video on YouTube).
Have you found video equipment, editing software, or sharing sites that you particularly like?
And: what are some innovative ways you've incorporated video into classroom use?
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Thanks for the Vimeo idea. The problem that came up was that although Vimeo is a bit more "educationally friendly" than YouTube, there are still some questionable videos that students can access. (I know, it is almost impossible to keep students from accessing questionable videos, but I am trying to not give parents nor administrators any reasons to complain about our projects) I will go into Vimeo and look at those privacy settings to see if that will help limit viewing only to videos that were created by my students and were previewed by teachers prior to posting on the site.
That's a completely valid concern. To my understanding, you can keep other people from watching your videos on Vimeo—that element of the privacy settings works great. But to my knowledge, you can't keep people from watching the general Vimeo public content that is suggested to users—and, as you say, some may be appropriate for students, some not!
Good concern! The hunt for video tools continues...
shornig just shared a great resource on another discussion: SafeShare.TV - The Safest Way To Share YouTube videos.
You can enter the url of a You Tube video and SafeShare masks the front-end, so that you don't see ads, navigation, links, or other videos. Plus, it allows you to show just a piece of the video if you like.
Seems like a terrific way to share videos on You Tube, both in class and through email!
Here's an example: www.safeshare.tv/v/Npqx3WmNkv4
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I have used the SafeShare.tv tool several times in presentations I've done recently and I've found it to work quite well. I've been meaning to try it in a location where YouTube is blocked by a content filter to see if it bypasses filters. I'm certainly not an advocate of bypassing content filters, but I run into teachers all the time that have very legitimate reasons to use particular YouTube videos. Often, technology personnel will spend time trying to find an alternate way for the teacher to access the video (and sometimes they just say "no"). In those cases where the districts are spending time or money on alternative methods, this would certainly be a good solution.
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You Tube has a video editor for creating mash-ups (a recording that combines vocal and instrumental tracks from two or more recordings) of video clips or editing raw video footage. It allows the integration of three video creation services. You can create videos using Stupeflix, Go Animate, and Xtranormal within your YouTube account. To use these services, just go to YouTube.com/create, and authorize one or all of the services.
If students are allowed to access YouTube in school, these integrated services could be useful for short video projects. Students can work on developing and presenting dialogue through the creation of animated videos in Xtranormal or Go Animate. Stupeflix could be used to create book trailers similar to movie trailers.
(Information provided by Free Technology for Teachers)
How would you like to see a cleaner You Tube that displays videos without all the other materials such as related videos, comments, or advertisements. Wouldn't this make showing a You Tube video in your classroom so much better? You wouldn't have to worry about inappropriate material suddenly appearing on the screen.
Take a look at A Cleaner Internet browser extension for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome, and see how this free installation removes the clutter from You Tube.