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

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

eStory - A New Multimedia Timeline Creation Tool

Whenever I see a new timeline creation tool appear on the Internet, I can't resist giving it a try. So when eStory appeared on Product Hunt a few days ago, I had to sign-up and test it out. 

eStory is a free tool that you can use to quickly create multimedia timelines. There are some great aspects of it and a few that I'd like to see improved. eStory timelines are image and text based. At this time there doesn't appear to be a way to include videos in the timeline. That's a limiting aspect of eStory, but it also makes the creation process quicker. eStory includes an integrated image search tool which makes it quick and easy to find images to use in your timelines. However, it doesn't appear to give image attribution or even a link to the image source. That's a problem that needs to be addressed. 

To create a timeline on eStory you'll have to create an account using your email address or by connecting your Google account. After that step you'll give your timeline a title and choose a cover image for your timeline. Then you can add some recommended readings to your timeline before starting to create events on your timeline. Each event on your timeline is created by adding a date, an event title, an event description, and an event cover image. Event descriptions are limited to 280 characters. When you've added all of your events you can publish your timeline publicly or keep it private. Publishing options include sharing a direct URL for your timeline or using the provided embed code to post your timeline in a web page. 

Applications for Education
eStory has a couple of issues that I'd like to see addressed before I'll fully recommend it for classroom use. Those are the lack of image attribution and the lack of support for video. If those items are addressed, eStory could be a good tool for students to use to make multimedia timelines.

Winter Scavenger Hunts and Bingo

The sun is shining longer in the northern hemisphere these days. We're really starting to notice here in Maine where the sun is still shining when we're having supper. That means it's slightly warmer in the afternoon and we have more time to play outside after school. In other words, it's perfect for going on winter scavenger hunts!

Let's Go on a Winter Scavenger Hunt is the title of a new SciShow Kids video about the neat things we can find outside in the winter. It also gives a short explanation of why we don't see some animals and plants during the winter. Watch the video here or as embedded below. 

After watching the video your students might want to go on a winter scavenger hunt. Give them things to look and a way to keep track of them by using winter bingo boards. In this video I demonstrate how you can use Google Sheets to create outdoor bingo boards.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

MHDL Lantern - Media History and Lesson Plans

The Media History Digital Library is a huge archive of books and magazines about the history film, television, and radio. The Lantern is the name of the search engine that lets you search through more than 2,000,000 pages of scanned copies of the books and magazines in the MHDL. In those books and magazines you will find reviews and critiques of movies, radio programs, and television shows. You will also discover many periodicals about the movie, television, and radio industries in general. Your search can be refined according to date, language, and publication type. You can also browse through collections curated by MHDL.

Applications for Education
MHDL's Lantern can be an excellent resource for students studying the history and development of media. 

MHDL has a set of model lesson plans that can incorporate artifacts located through MHDL Lantern. The lesson plans were written for college courses so you'll need to modify them for high school use. 

Through MHDL's Lantern you could find some good examples of how to write a critique to share with your students. Your students could use those as models for writing their own critiques of movies or even of books.