Showing posts with label dot sub. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dot sub. Show all posts

Monday, September 5, 2011

dotSUB - Create and Watch Subtitled Videos

dotSUB is a free video hosting service specializing in enabling users to subtitle any video in any language. dotSUB does not perform the subtitle translations for you (YouTube has some automatic translation options, but they're not that great) rather it simply supports subtitled translations that users create in any language. When you search dotSUB you can refine your searches to the language of your choice. The most popular videos will often have been subtitled into many languages by dotSUB users and you can select your language from a drop-down menu below the video.

Here is What is a Browser? with subtitles in Uzbek.


Applications for Education
A couple of years ago after reading a tip in a post by Wes Fryer I began turning on the English subtitles whenever possible to support struggling readers. The idea is that by having the subtitles on, students can see the spellings of the words they are hearing in the videos. At first the kids groan, but after the initial groaning they get used to it.

You could also use dotSUB in language classes to have students practice writing in the language they are studying. Have them select a favorite video in their native language then subtitle it in the language they are trying to learn to write.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lesson Plans for Teaching Web Search Strategies

If your students will be doing any research on the Internet this year, you should take some time to teach or review with them how to conduct searches. The Google for Educators community has nine lesson plans for teaching Internet search strategies. The lessons are divided into three modules. The lessons start with the basics and conclude with advanced search strategies. The Innovative Educator has information about an upcoming webinar on teaching web search strategies.

Common Craft's video Web Search Strategies in Plain English is an excellent introduction to any lesson on web search. You can view the video in Dot Sub form below or watch it directly on Common Craft here.


Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Google Wonder Wheel in Action
Five Ways to Visually Explore Wikipedia
Scoopler - Search Delicious, Digg, Twitter, and Flickr

Friday, April 17, 2009

Two Good Options for Subtitling Videos

All of the big tech blogs were buzzing about Caption Tube yesterday. Caption Tube is a new service designed to make captioning YouTube videos an easier and more accurate process. Using Caption Tube you can create captions for your own videos or for any other video that you find on YouTube. The editing tools for Caption Tube includes a timeline to help you match your video's images to the captions that you create. You can choose the duration of time for which each caption is displayed.

DotSub has been around for a while, I've written about it in the past, and it is still a great tool for subtitling videos in any language. The difference between DotSub and Caption Tube is that on DotSub you can have other users contribute to the subtitling process.


Applications for Education
DotSub and Caption Tube could be great tools for foreign language teachers, ESL/ EFL teachers, and teachers of students with hearing impairments. Foreign Language teachers could have students find their favorite short YouTube videos or TeacherTube videos to transcribe into the language that they are studying.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama's Inaugural Address Subtitled in 3 Languages

Dot Sub is a video sharing website that I wish more people would use. Dot Sub allows users to upload videos and subtitle the video in any language. Once your video is uploaded you can do the translating yourself or allow others to contribute to translation process. Dot Sub has uses in foreign language classes as well as for teaching students with hearing impairments.

Below you will see President Obama's inaugural address. Currently, the video can be watched with English, Spanish, or German subtitles.

Simple Lessons in Saving and Borrowing Money

Bank Jr. is an educational banking website designed for elementary school students. I discovered Bank Jr. through Donna Murray's excellent blog. Bank Jr. is an interactive website on which students can learn the in's and out's of banking. Bank Jr. has a glossary of terms, a help center, and savings wizards. Bank Jr. also provides students with a history of money and a look at how different countries use money. The teachers section of Bank Jr. provides an extensive glossary of terms and some lesson ideas. Bank Jr. does not provide full-length, detailed lesson plans, but it does provide PDF's of worksheets and handouts that teachers may find useful for teaching banking lessons.

Yesterday, Common Craft released a new video that explains borrowing money in plain English. As always, Common Craft does an excellent job of explaining what can be a complex topic in a very easy to understand form. The video is embedded below in Dot Sub form.

Applications for Education
Bank Jr. could be a good place for students to learn about saving money and commonly used banking terms. In the teacher section of Bank Jr. teachers can find PDF forms for teaching banking basics like keeping an accurate ledger.

The Common Craft video should be required viewing for high school and college students. Too many students get to college and get into debt in part because of ignorance about the pitfalls of borrowing more than you can afford to repay.

Here are a couple of other resources for teaching about banking and economics.
The History of Credit Cards in the United States
Saving Money in Plain English