Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Video Discussion via Youtube

If you're fortunate enough to work in a school that doesn't block Youtube, Youtube has a new feature that could be useful. Youtube, like Viddler, now allows users to add comments within a video. Youtube refers to the comments as annotations because users can insert additional information about their videos.

Applications for Education
Youtube's and Viddler's comment system is a nice platform for sparking or holding a discussion about a video. If you find yourself using video in your courses the commenting systems are useful for you. Rather than stopping the video to insert your commentary or to emphasize a point to your students you can insert comments to highlight something for your students.

Here is a sample of Youtube's new commenting system in action.