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Finding and Using Videos in Education

Objectives for this session:
· Find videos to reinforce concepts
· Embed videos in your wiki or Bb site
· How to store videos on your computer


Why use video in education?

 . . . to grab students’ attention

 . . . to provide graphic illustrations

 . . . to stimulate discussion

YouTube was made available to the public in November 2005.

A recent survey’s findings indicate that people spend more time on YouTube than any other single site.

In January 2008 alone, nearly 79 million users had made over 3 billion video views.[4

In less than three years, YouTube and similar Web 2.0 video sites have transformed the way in which the world creates and communicates.

YouTube Video

·          There are a multitude of free video sharing sites available. Among them are:



YouTube offers many educational videos. It is probably the easiest to upload to a wiki or to Blackboard.
TeacherTubeTeacherTube, as its name implies, is strictly aimed at education.
Nibipedia Nibipedia is the result of matching Wikipedia entries to YouTube videos. Here is how it works, search for a video and while you're watching that video you will see links to related Wikipedia content as well as more related videos.
Edublogs The video hosting site dedicated to education.

TED-Ideas Worth Spreading 

Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world

More Resources for Educators 
VimeoVimeo was created by filmmakers and video creators who wanted to share their creative work

  ·         Video from TV/News sites, for example: 

               ABC News

              CBS News

              Fox News


              National Geographic



 ·        How to find videos to use for your classes? First, think about how and why you want to use video. This will help to direct your search.

            Will you use a short video to:

    • In class, to briefly illustrate a concept?
    • Out of class, to motivate thinking and reflection?
    • As part of an online quiz, or a discussion board?

Web Search Strategies:

YouTube Video


For more detail on Internet search strategies, check out this tutorial:
Once you have found a video that you want to use in class, how will you deliver it? Having spent the time and effort to search for just the right video, you want to be sure that it remains available to you in a place that is easily accessible. Embedding a video in a wiki or in your Blackboard course is simple and affords an opportunity for you, as teacher, to provide the video in context.

One of the great benefits of video sites recently is that you can quickly copy the video code, and then include it in your own wiki or in your Course Management System (CMS) -- in our case, Blackboard.


Follow the link below for directions on how to

Embed a YouTube Video in Blackboard


  • Do I need or want a YouTube account? Although you certainly don't need to have an account if all you want to do is search for videos, it can be useful if you want to . . .

     . . . subscribe to a particular person's videos. I want to know when my favorite contributors post new videos.

         . . . keep all of your "favorites" in one place.

          . . . create playlists of videos -- this makes it easier to organize and find them later.

         . . . leave comments about videos. You cannot comment unless you are logged in.


You can also create an account at TeacherTube and subscribe to specific video creators and you can save your favorites.


(You can also search TeacherTube within the YouTube site.)

Intelligent Video, from Open Culture
This Open Culture blog contains links to longer videos and feature films of an educational nature.

Using Video Sites

Video sites generally provide an embed code for each video.


You can also link to videos using the URL.

“The Source of Energy” Video

Some sites allow you to download video to your computer.

Converting an Online Video to a Storable File

Why convert to a storable video?

1. Internet connections can go down and it's always good to have a backup plan.

2. You can’t count on the video being online forever. Videos are taken down without notice.  

We all want something free, easy and reliable. Online video converter sites generally take time to do the job, are limited in the size they will convert and some do not work as advertised.

Try the online converter tool at

Mary McGlasson (CGCC) recommends Movavi and has posted the instructions on her wiki at

Educause:     7 Things You Should Know About YouTube **

[click here for PDF version]

 ** The "7 Things" about any given topic are:

  1. What is it?
  2. Who's doing it?
  3. How does it work?
  4. Why is it significant?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Where is it going?
  7. What are the implications for teaching and learning?