Three Ways to Watch Videos & Discuss Them in Real-time Online YouTube can be a good place to find educational videos to support your lessons. We've all had students who struggle to hold their comments until the video has stopped. One strategy that many teachers have used in those cases is to tell students to "write it down." The web makes it possible to take that strategy a step further and have students not only "write it down" but also enable teachers to instantly respond to students' comments while watching a video. Here are three tools that enable users to watch videos online and discuss them with others at the same time. Synchtube is a free service for watching videos and chatting about them at the same time. Watch2gether is a neat site through which you can watch YouTube videos and host text chats about them at the same time. Google+ Hangouts provide the option to watch YouTube videos with a small group.
YouTube Expands Translation Tools For Video Captions To 300+ Languages YouTube just announced that it is now making it easier for video creators to translate their video captions to more than 300 languages by integrating the YouTube Video Manager with the Google Translator Toolkit. It’s important to note that these are not the automatic caption translations that YouTube currently makes available for about 50 languages. Instead, users who want to support captions in languages currently not supported by the automatic tools (or who prefer hand-crafted translations over the sometimes odd machine translations) will have to do the work themselves or invite others to help them. As 70 percent of YouTube viewers are now outside of the U.S., says Google, being able to more easily reach international audiences is becoming increasingly important for video creators (but also for YouTube itself) and these tools are meant to help YouTube’s videographers reach this audience.
Top 20 uses of Virtual Worlds in Education – School Leadership 2 Editor’s Note: This is part two of Using Virtual Worlds to educate. You can find part 1 here. You probably never thought you could attend a virtual lecture, discussion, exam, or lab in 3D. In fact, this is already possible. Virtual worlds have clear advantages over traditional classroom settings. I once had to teach high school students the importance of safety precautions for a welding class. I delved a bit further into the uses of virtual worlds and even created an avatar of my own (PiJustice) to see the current applications of virtual worlds in education. Here is what I found: Virtual worlds are emerging as a meeting place for the most prestigious universities, non-profits, and academic institutions in the world. Their uses are varied and can adapt to different needs. Communications scenarios. But not all virtual worlds are created equal. Students in COM 563:Virtual Environments class created a 3D tour of the iMedia floor at Elon University. What is the Current Trend? Image by John Lester
Direct YouTube Downloader Specs Download YouTube videos directly from YouTube servers. Convert YouTube videos for Mobile Phones or Tablets. Supported Languages Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Türkçe, Ukrainian, Vietnamese Screenshots formerly Direct YouTube Downloader 18 Apr. 2014 7 Why Thousands of K-12 Teachers Are Turning to SchoolTube Forget the days of bringing an item for show and tell. These days, with most everyone having video capabilities on some sort of technology device, students illustrate their lives and class projects with video. SchoolTube, a company based in St. SchoolTube may not be as well known as YouTube, but in school districts across the United States, it is. More: Teachers Score YouTube Hit With Flashmob Dance for Students “Every kid that has a cell phone, they can shoot video, so every student is a potential content creator,” Andrew Arizpe, SchoolTube co-founder, said in a statement. In the United States, the website is used by 40,000 schools for free. Video topics range from the environment, science and technology to food, journalism and student films. SchoolTube was created by Andrew Arizpe and his father, Carl. One positive aspect of the site is aimed at teachers who can share their ideas for teaching, lesson plans, and projects with other educators around the world.
Top 10 Digital Toy Box Essentials We co-authored the following post with Dan Donahoo of Wired’s GeekDad.com, featured here on GeekDad on Dec. 15 2011. With the holidays in full swing and stores brimming with crazed parents scrambling to pickup the hottest toys, we thought we’d take a break from the Mall Madness and Plastic Pandemonium to propose a saner, greener, cheaper, and uniqu(er) alternative: a Digital Toy Box. Sure, mobile phones and tablets are great for digital games like Pac-Man and Angry Birds, but with their large touchscreens, microphones, and GPS sensors they’re also quickly becoming amazing platforms for digital TOYS. With this in mind, GeekDad’s Daniel Donahoo and Launchpad Toy’s Andy Russell have put together the following Top 10 list of our favorite apps for open-ended, creative, constructive, and exploratory play – not just substitutes for plastic toys, but tools that empower kids to create, learn, and share through play. So have at it, parents! A Digital One-Man-Band: Isle of Tune Ok, time to fess up.
VideoANT - Collaboratively Annotate Videos VideoANT is a free tool for collaboratively annotating videos. I first wrote about VideoANT back in 2010. Recently, as I learned from Nathan Hall, VideoANT received a major facelift that makes it easier to use than it was before. Using VideoANT anyone can add annotations to any publicly accessible YouTube video. Nathan Hall wrote a complete run-down of all of the features of VideoANT. Applications for Education In the past I've used back-channels while my students are watching videos so that they can discuss the footage as they're seeing it.
Handy YouTube Tools for Teachers Many districts are realizing the potential that YouTube learning can have in the classroom. There are lots of great videos and channels out there on 1000's of topics. I have put together a list of some of my favorite tools to use with YouTube. Some are for the creation end, while some are for the consumption end. Reaching out and asking questions are great ways to learn about the teaching... The qualities every connected educator in the teaching profession is likely to... We take a closer look at the essential components of being an educator who is... We look at 15 useful technology in the classroom #hashtags to explore. Our guide to staying current with the latest technology in the classroom. Overall, they hopefully will give you a good start on getting more out of your favorite video service. YouTube Video Editor When it comes to video editing, my skills are definitely lacking. Do you find you are missing something for your video? Quiet Tube No annoying comments. Tube Chop Drag On Tape
Technology for Kids - Developmental Milestones © Jon Whittle (photo) / Monika Melnychuk (illustration) If you’re like most parents, you’re proudly documenting your child’s firsts: smile, steps, words. But today’s photo albums are filling up with other firsts as well: electronic toy, iPod, computer. These are digital milestones, but you won’t find them in the parenting book on your nightstand. “There's really is no ‘right’ age to allow our kids to dip a toe into the digital pond,” says the American Academy of Pediatrics’s (AAP) tech expert, Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe M.D., author of CyberSafe . Although the media spends a lot of ink (er, pixels) on the scary aspects (cyberbullying! 0 TO 12 MONTHS: The Button Pusher 1. 2. 3. Every baby toy on the shelves seems to light up and play music. There is no conclusive evidence about the impact of cellphone use on small children.