Saturday, March 7, 2020

Watch2Gether - Host Live Online Discussion About Shared Videos

Watch2Gether is a service for sharing videos that I've used off and on since 2011. When I first started using it you could share YouTube videos and host live chats about those videos on the same page. Over the years it has expanded to offer support for using videos from Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, and half a dozen other places. Watch2Gether has also grown to offer video chat in addition to text chat.

It is easy to start using Watch2gether. To get started enter a nickname for yourself (it could be your real first name) then search for a video or enter the URL of a video that you have previously bookmarked. When you have found the video you want a chat column will be present on the right side of your browser. You can invite others to chat with you by sending them the URL assigned to your chatroom.

Applications for Education
Watch2gether is a nice tool to use to have students share observations, ask questions, and answer questions while watching video clips in your classroom or as part of a flipped lesson they're completing at home.

There is an option to moderate discussions and ban participants who are not participating appropriately.