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No. 66 January 2011 Treasure Hunt Getting More from YouTube (2011年01月10日)

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No. 66 January 2011 Treasure Hunt Getting More from YouTube
Marcel Van Amelsvoort (Kanagawa Prefectural College of Foreign Studies)

Happy New Year everyone. This month, after a look at predictions forwhat will be hot in 2011,I’d like to look at some ways to get more out of YouTube videos.

Things to Watch in 2011. I like this presentation because it is notonly about new educational technology.I think it’s fun to watch and could be fun to discuss with yourlearners. The only problem is that there isso much here.http://www.slideshare.net/jwtintelligence/2f-100-things-to-watch-in-2011-6306251

Now, on to YouTube.

First, the big problem: your institute is blocking YouTube. It seemsthe easiest way to get around thisis to bring your own laptop into school with the video pre-loaded.First you need to download the videointo your computer. Using the Firefox browser and one of the manyvideo downloader extensions isperhaps the safest way. I use the Easy YouTube Video Downloaderextension. I also have VLC Mediaplayer installed (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/). It’s an open sourceprogram that plays any type of file.With these two I can bring my videos into my classroom and show my learners.

The next few suggestions assume that you have web access in theclassroom and know how to embedvideos into your site. I won’t go into things like creating a YouTubechannel here but instead I’d just liketo introduce some third-party options for using YouTube videos.YouTube is constantly adding functionalityto their site and there are lots of guides on the web for using itbetter. They also have a page calledTest Tube where they let you try out features they are working on.http://www.youtube.com/testtube

Create a synchronous chat room so you can discuss a video while youwatch it. Using SynchTube,you create a room, add your video and invite your friends or students.The room is hosted at SynchTube(so this may be a way of getting around some YouTube blocking…).http://www.synchtube.com/

Add Subtitles. Since March 2010 auto-captioning has been available toall YouTube users. It’s an easyenough process that uses voice recognition, the results of which needto be edited for accuracy.Here is a link explaining how to do it.http://mashable.com/2010/01/16/youtube-captions-how-to/

Embed More. EmbedPlus is a site that reconfigures your YouTube codebefore you embed it into your site.It allows you to add more playback controls (slow, fast forward, sceneskipping), as well as zoom, andreal-time reactions and third party annotations. This makes the videomore navigable and more interactive.http://embedplus.com/ You just take the URL for the video you want,paste it into their site and choosethe functions you want. Then take the new code and embed it into your site.

Splicd allows you to point learners to the exact scene you want themto focus on. You can link to a specificspot in a YouTube video. Splicd also lets you cut down a YouTube videoby entering the start time and finishtime if you just want to expose learners to one specific scene. Youcan then share your edited clip with aURL or embed it with the code supplied.http://www.splicd.com/

Well, that’s it for this month. Have a wonderful 2011!