Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Year in Search - And a Tool for Creating Your Own Video of the Year in Search

Earlier today Google released their 2014 Year in Search video and website. The video and site feature the most-searched terms in eight categories; sports, headlines, fame, science+tech, loss, day-to-day life, web culture, pop culture. On the website you can dive into each of the search trends to see from where and when the most searched terms originated.

Applications for Education
By using Weavly your students could create their own year-in-review videos by splicing together portions of multiple YouTube videos.

Weavly is a video creation tool that provides a simple drag and drop interface that allows you to search for, trim and combine tracks without ever leaving the Weavly site. You can mix together video and audio from YouTube, Vine, and SoundCloud. You can also add animated GIFs from Loopcam, Tumblr, and Imgur. To start creating your Weavly video perform a search for video content. When you find a video clip that you like drag it to the Weavly editor where you can adjust the start and end times of the clip. Then move on to adding sounds by search for sounds and dragging them to the Weavly editor where you can again trim the start and end times. Finally, you can add some animated GIFs by searching for them and dragging them into the editor. You can repeat all of these steps as many times as you like to create your video.