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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.


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

YouTube Cleaner

YouTube is a great learning tool and has become indispensable for many educators (as long as it’s not blocked).  However, most teachers who use YouTube will probably at some time, experience a related video or comment which is less than, shall we say, relevant. Personally, I am all for teaching students about appropriate online behavior and what to do if you see something raunchy online, but there are times when you just want a quick and clean viewing session without having to have discussions on digital citizenship.

Clea.nr is a browser extension for Chrome, FireFox or Safari that completely removes everything from YouTube (and Amazon if you want) except for the video. No more ads, related videos, comments, etc.

With Clea.nr you go from this:

To this:

There is also a great dimming feature that will darken the entire screen except for the video being shown.

Moses 2.0

How many different tech tools can you count?

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.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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.

100 Ways to Show Children You Care

I saw this video the other day in the Twitterverse but don’t recall who shared it. It’s a great reminder about the simple things that we, as parents and teachers, sometimes forget about when we get caught up in all the other requirements of our difficult jobs.  The origin of the video is the Juan Uribe School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


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.

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