Thursday, March 3, 2022

How to Create and Share Clips of YouTube Videos

Over the years there have been many third-party tools that offered ways to clip and share portions of YouTube videos. Most of those don't last too long before Google/ YouTube changes something that renders those tools useless. Now YouTube offers its own integrated tool for creating and sharing short clips of videos. 

You'll find YouTube's clipping tool directly under the title (next to the share button) of the video you're viewing. Click that clip button and you can select a 15 to 60 second segment of the video. Once you've selected a clip, you can share that clip via the URL that YouTube provides for it. The clip will play on a loop wherever you share it including when you embed it into website. 

Watch this short video to learn how to create and share clips of YouTube videos. 

This method of sharing a section of a YouTube video is faster and easier than trying to use a third-party tool. It's also easier than inserting the video into a Google Slide and then specifying start and end times for the video in Google Slides (learn about that method in this video).

Applications for Education
Sometimes all you need is a short clip of a video to help you illustrate a point or spark a discussion. This clipping tool provides a good way to easily and accurately share just the portion of a longer video that you need to illustrate a point or spark discussion.

A Better Way to Update Charts in Google Slides and Docs

Google Forms provides handy charts and graphs summarizing responses to the questions within your form. Those charts and graphs can be embedded into Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Drawings. This week Google made it easier to make sure you have the latest version of those embedded charts and graphs in your Slides, Docs, or Drawings. 

Until this week if your chart was updated in Google Forms after you had embedded it into a slide or document, you would have to remove the old chart then insert the new version to make sure the most current information was displayed. Now you only need to hit a "refresh" button in the embedded chart in order to have the latest version of the chart displayed. Watch my short video below of a complete demonstration and explanation of how this works. 

Applications for Education
As I mentioned in the video above, I can see this update being helpful when you're showing a chart of responses to a class and want to make sure the latest version is displayed without having to show the rest of the form responses to the class. For example, if I'd use this feature if I wanted to show a chart of how the whole class did on the third question of a quiz without showing them the rest of the quiz response summaries.

Find more Google Forms tips and tricks in this playlist of tutorials

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