Showing posts with label online video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online video. Show all posts

Monday, March 30, 2020

Create Video-based Lessons a Little Faster With This Chrome Extension

A couple of weeks ago when I got the notice that my school would be closing I made a video about how to use EDpuzzle to create video-based lessons without having to create your own recordings. I first shared it with my colleagues and then included it in my Practical Ed Tech newsletter. One thing that I didn't mention in the video because I forgot about it, was the existence of an EDpuzzle Chrome extension.

EDpuzzle's Chrome extension lets you quickly jump from watching a video on YouTube to creating and editing a lesson in your EDpuzzle account. It even works if you use a different Google account for Chrome than you do for Google Classroom or EDpuzzle. With the EDpuzzle Chrome extension installed you will see a little "edit with edpuzzle" button appear next to the title of any video that you watch on YouTube. As soon as you click that button you'll be taken into the lesson editor in your EDpuzzle account. It's not a game-changing feature, but it is a convenient one. Watch my short video below for a demonstration of how the EDpuzzle Chrome extension works.

And here's my complete overview of how to use EDpuzzle.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Create Videos Online with WeVideo in Google Drive

For the last six months I've been sharing WeVideo with anyone who has come to me searching for a good online video creation tool. I live WeVideo because it is cloud-based and collaborative. They released an Android app in March that makes mobile, collaborative video editing possible. Now they have a Google Drive app too. The WeVideo Google Drive app allows you to save all of your video projects in your Google Drive account. Learn more about it in the video below.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Try WeVideo to Create and Edit Videos Online

Last fall (or spring if you're in the southern hemisphere) I discovered and tried WeVideo as an alternative to JayCut which was bought out and subsequently closed by RIM. At that time WeVideo was in a beta phase. Last week they opened to the world. Now anyone can create and edit videos online using WeVideo.

WeVideo is a collaborative online video creation tool. In the video editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes WeVideo collaborative is that you can invite other people to create and edit with you. WeVideo offers four different user plans. The free plan allows you to upload your videos to YouTube and Vimeo but does not allow local downloads.

Applications for Education
For schools that have computer labs instead of 1:1 programs WeVideo could be an excellent resource. Students can work on their projects at school and at home without having to save files to a USB drive or attaching files to emails to work from.

Friday, December 24, 2010

UJAM - Record Your Own Music Online

UJAM is a new service that aims to make everyone a singing sensation. Okay, so it might not make you a singing sensation, but it could help you create music tracks that you can share with friends and use in multimedia productions.

Here's how UJAM works; you sing or play an instrument while recording to UJAM. When you're done recording, use UJAM to alter the sound quality of your voice, turn your voice into other sounds, adjust the tempo of your song, and or remix a song to include your recording. UJAM is essentially an online, light weight version, of Garage Band. Watch the video below to learn more and see UJAM in action.

Applications for Education
UJAM could be useful for students to use to create music tracks to include in multimedia productions like documentaries, short story videos, or as background on a Glogster project.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Three Ways to Cut, Mix, and Mash YouTube Videos
12 Ways to Create Videos Without a Camera or Software
Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Miro Video Converter & Miro 3.5

Miro, the open source video player, recently released version 3.5 and the new Miro Video Converter. Miro 3.5 includes a media converter that allows you to convert videos into the best formats for display on iPhones and Android devices. Miro 3.5 also updated subtitle display to give you options for the best display for you. If you don't want to download Miro 3.5 you can choose to download just the Miro Video Converter to convert files to formats for iPhone and Android display.

If you're unfamiliar with Miro, watch the video below for a brief introduction and overview.

Applications for Education
Miro is a great way to download videos to use offline. If you work in a school that blocks most video sites, Miro is a good application to have installed on your laptop. You can download videos within your Miro player in a place where you can get on the Internet and then play them back at any time regardless of Internet availability. The mainstream media channels on Miro provide thousands of videos relevant to all content areas. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Video - My Plan for Teaching Without Tech This Week

My students return to school this week, but the netbooks that we issue them for our 1:1 program won't be ready until the second week of school. In the video below I share how I'm using the ideas fromUnfolding the Napkin(affiliate link) during the first days of school in which my students don't have netbooks.

Here's the presentation I mention in the video. 18 Formats for Visual Thinking in the Classroom.

Monday, June 7, 2010

22 Frames - Captioned Videos & More for ESL

22 Frames is a new service that provides a central location for locating captioned videos for learning English and for Internet users who have hearing impairments. 22 Frames provides more than just captioned videos. For each video 22 Frames provides a list of idioms, slang words, and commonly mispronounced words in each video. 22 Frames tells viewers where each use of idioms, slang, and commonly mispronounced words appears in each video. Viewers can click on any of the words in the lists provided by 22 Frames to find a definition for each word and to find pronunciation tips.

Applications for Education
22 Frames could be a great resource for ESL/ EFL teachers and students. The videos found on 22 Frames range from current news stories to videos from popular culture. Using a current news video on 22 Frames could be a good way to combine an English lesson with a social studies lesson.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
10 Resources for ESL & Foreign Language Students
30+ Alternatives to YouTube Adds Video-Based Lesson Plans

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

YouTube Adds New "Unlisted" Privacy Option

YouTube announced today a new option for sharing videos. Until today there were only two ways to publish your videos on YouTube. The options were to make your video public for the whole world to discover or make your video private and then only 25 people you invited could view it. Now YouTube gives you the option to make your videos "unlisted." Using the unlisted setting means your videos can only be seen by people to whom you've given the direct url for your video. Unlisted videos will not appear in search results or related video lists. So while the videos you or students post as unlisted video won't be 100% private, you will have much greater control over who can or cannot see them.

Applications for Education
Making videos unlisted on YouTube could be a good option for sharing videos of school plays or school concerts. Unlisted is a good compromise position between totally private with its 25 viewer limitation and the public option which puts videos in search results.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web
30+ Alternatives to YouTube Adds Video-Based Lesson Plans

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

JayCut Launches New Video Editing Platform

I first learned about JayCut last summer and was actually excited about using it in my classroom as a lightweight web-based video editor, but then it went offline for a while as JayCut was retooled. Today, JayCut relaunched its free, online, video editing service. After my initial testing of JayCut I can say it was worth the wait.

To use JayCut online you will need to join the JayCut community. Once you've joined you can immediately start creating a video. The JayCut editor allows you to use two video editing tracks, an audio track, and a transitions track to create your video. JayCut provides some stock video and stock transitions that you can use, but the best option is to upload your own images, video clips, and sound tracks. By all appearances the limitation for video length is thirty minutes. The videos you create can be published online on the JayCut site, published directly to YouTube, or downloaded to your computer.

The user interface of JayCut's video editor is one of the most intuitive I've seen on a video editor. Every element of your video can be added through simple drag and drop motions. The play length of each element in your video can be shortened or lengthened by simply dragging the ruler tools.

Applications for Education
JayCut's new online video editor could be a great alternative to iMovie or Movie Maker. The clear advantage of JayCut over other online video tools like Animoto or Stupeflix is that you can add more media clips and make longer videos than you can with Animoto or Stupeflix.

Here's a quick video that I put together using audio from Sound Bible, stock video from JayCut, and some images from my computer.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stupeflix Alters Their Video Creation Options

Stupeflix, a video creation service that I like a lot, has recently made some changes to its service. The first change that current Stupeflix users should note is that Stupeflix has changed its video editor. This means that any video created in 2009 can no longer be edited. Those videos can still be viewed and downloaded, but not edited.

The new Stupeflix editor now offers three themes for displaying your work. A "classic theme," a "scrapbook theme," and a "holiday theme." You can preview the themes here.

The third change to Stupeflix worth noting is the length of free videos has changed. Free videos are now limited to one minute in duration. This is still twice as long as Animoto allows for free (unless you get an Animoto for education account).

Applications for Education
Stupeflix is a good tool for students to use to create video montages of images. Stupeflix is a good alternative to old-style, boring slideshows. The captioning and editing tools are easy to use which makes Stupeflix a tool that most students above age 10 could use.

If you would like to learn about some other free tools that students can use to make videos read Six Easy Ways for Students to Create Videos Online.

Update: I just received this comment from Stupeflix that I think everyone should see:

I am Fran├žois, CTO at Stupeflix.
We are currently preparing a specific offer for education, as a large number of people have expressed their love for our service, including some here at Stupeflix who are involved with the academic world.
We will get it out as fast as possible, sorry for the inconvenience during the transition!