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Amazing! Auto Upload Videos to a YouTube Playlist

If you do a lot of videoing and sharing out of your videos to different groups of people, here is a super time saver for you! You can create a Youtube playlist, add simple rules, and every time you upload a video, it auto adds it into that playlist.

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Easily Create Video Presentations Integrated with Google Apps

Here’s a very slick new tool that allows students and teachers to share a Google Doc or Presentation, record themselves along side the presentation or doc and email or embed the video on a blog. It’s called Movenote, and it’s free.

  1. Go to www.movenote.com

  2. Click login and select Sign in with Google

  3. When the Adobe Flash Player Settings window appears, select Allow and check Remember and then Close

  4. Select Add Content and choose Google Drive

  5. Select a Document or Presentation to upload

  6. After upload is complete, press record to begin recording

  7. Use the left and right arrows above the document or presentation to advance and go back.

  8. When you finish recording, press pause, and then Save & Preview

  9. You can now rename and select More Options to get the embed code

The Kids Should See This

Here’s a great site shared with me by a third grade teacher. She says that, “It’s a fun way to start the day off on a note of fun and positivity.  Sometimes we share jokes and sometimes fun clips from the internet.  This is an AWESOME site that you might want to check out.”

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The Kid Should See This is a site video site that is created, watched & collected by Rion Nakaya with her 2 & 5 year olds. It contains an awesome collection of science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and other assorted good stuff the kids of all ages will enjoy.

Follow @thekidshouldsee on Twitter

Never Stop Searching

Another great year in review by the Google Zeitgeist project:

This is a nice video to use to generate writing prompts or ideas for students to reflect on and research current events.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Student Math Movies

Student Math Movies

Student Math Movies is a Wiki dedicated to sharing movies about many different math topics, ALL created by students! There are 18 different subjects including AdditionDecimalsDivisionEstimationExponents and more. You are also able to submit a video that your students create. Here is a great example on fractions with a Brady Bunch theme:

Moses 2.0

How many different tech tools can you count?

Nuclear Detonation Timeline 1945-1998

Here’s an eye-opening video created by Isao Hashimoto which shows all of the 2,053 nuclear tests and explosions that took place between 1945-1998.

EdTechIdeas: This would be an interesting video to show as a discussion starter for middle and high school students studying World War II, human rights, the arms race, and nuclear proliferation. Students could use the information from the video to pinpoint and identify specific explosions and align each with historical facts about what was going on during that time.

This is Where We Live

Amazing stop motion book appreciation video created to celebrate 4th Estate Publishers 25th anniversary.  How is this video 2 years old and I’m just now discovering it? Thanks to @openculture for the find.

Kideos – Kid Friendly Video Site

Kideos is a great site for kids to safely watch videos online. Each video on Kideos has been screened by their “Video Advisory Council” before it makes it onto the site. The Kideos goal is to empower parents to feel comfortable allowing their child to spend time on Kideos, while also making sure children have a thoroughly entertaining experience.

The site is indexed by age groups which makes it easy for kids to search for videos. A good portion of the videos on Kideos are YouTube-based, so if your district has a blocking policy, you’ll need to look elsewhere (or use 3outube to download any YouTube video).

Uses in the Classroom

Depending on how you want to use Kideos in your classroom, be advised that a lot of the videos on the site are for general entertainment, and are not necessarily academic. However, there are some great channels within Kideos like Educational Videos, National Geographic, Space, Ocean, and more that would be perfect to send your students off to view and learn.

WatchKnow – For Teachers who are YouTubed Out

I learned about this site from Wesley Fryer, who learned about it from Richard Byrne, who actually learned about it from ReadWriteWeb. I know there are a lot of YouTube apprehensive educators who are concerned with some of the content of videos that appear on YouTube, so I thought I’d share. Personally, I would rather be around when students stumble upon the kinds of things we don’t want them stumbling upon, because, let’s face it; they’re going to stumble upon it at some point in time. Being in a safe environment when this happens opens up the conversation on what to do when these kinds of things happen. However, I also understand that some lessons are time sensitive and teachers may not have the luxury to sidestep a lesson. Thus, this post.

What is WatchKnow?
Taken from the About section on the WatchKnow website:

“Imagine hundreds of thousands of great short videos, and other media, explaining every topic taught to school kids. Imagine them rated and sorted into a giant Directory, making them simple to find. WatchKnow–as in, ‘You watch, you know’–is a non-profit online community devoted to this goal.”

The site is the creation of Larry Sanger, the co-founder of WikiPedia and it gathers videos mainly from YouTube, but also from sites like National Geographic and organizes them into searchable categories and age ranges. WatchKnow is people-dependent and at launch, most of the videos on the site were added by teachers. There is a leader board which lists the most robust posters and, at the time of this writing, a 4th grade teacher named Teresa Hopson is in the lead with 3,048 submissions.

One thing I really like is that the related videos that you normally get after watching a YouTube video have been removed (at least all the ones that I previewed were) because often, the “related videos” have nothing to do with what you just watched and sometimes the content is questionable.

Apparently, YouTube is blocked in many schools in the states. If this is the case at your school, WatchKnow will also not work. Fortunately for you, Richard Byrne has posted 30+ Alternatives to YouTube.

Automatic Captions in Youtube Video

This is a pretty cool new feature in Youtube videos. It uses Google’s Voice Transcription Technology and adds text to any video in Youtube. In the official Google blog post, “Automatic captions in YouTube,” Google announced:

…we’ve combined Google’s automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology with the YouTube caption system to offer automatic captions, or auto-caps for short. Auto-caps use the same voice recognition algorithms in Google Voice to automatically generate captions for video. The captions will not always be perfect (check out the video below for an amusing example), but even when they’re off, they can still be helpful—and the technology will continue to improve with time.

In addition to automatic captions, we’re also launching automatic caption timing, or auto-timing, to make it significantly easier to create captions manually. With auto-timing, you no longer need to have special expertise to create your own captions in YouTube. All you need to do is create a simple text file with all the words in the video and we’ll use Google’s ASR technology to figure out when the words are spoken and create captions for your video. This should significantly lower the barriers for video owners who want to add captions, but who don’t have the time or resources to create professional caption tracks.

Check out the 2:34 video to see it in action.

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