Allow it to be YourTube

Adolescents are actively involved in podcasting and video blogging. Our students create, edit, view, mash-up, remix and consume online video at staggering rates. Not only should you be including this content in your instruction...but you should...start...producing...it...

There are of course numerous hesitations when the discussion arises over bringing online video content into the classroom...but it can be done. The key to all of this is starting with whether or not your acceptable use policy is...acceptable or not.

To safely and successfully incorporate video usage and creation into your classroom and online spaces, consider the following strategies on a continuum of the comfort level of you and your students:
  1. Begin with a lesson, or unit that you already have taught successfully in your classroom.
  1. Incorporate some video clips or segments into your lesson.  Chose videos that add to the essential question you are using to guide your lesson.  Some online video resources are listed below.
  1. Have students bring in video of their own.  They can also use the video resources listed below.  To ensure their selections are appropriate, you can give them a bank of videos to choose from that you have listed on your blog.
  1. Work with students on video editing, and creating Mash-ups.  Video mash-ups are videos created using a combination of different video sources, which can critique the original text, or create an entirely different version. 
  1. Plan, capture and edit your own video versions of text.  Have your students take on the roles of Director, Writers, Talent, and Production Assistants.  You sit back and act as Producer on the video.  Upload your video to your blog.


So Where do I get the videos?:

Use video content already out there...

YouTube (www.youtube.com) The king of video sharing sites. More users, and more videos than anywhere else. 

TeacherTube (www.teachertube.com) Modeled after YouTube, but strictly for sharing educational videos. 

Vimeo (www.vimeo.com) A video sharing site where you can decide who sees your videos. Better quality, better interface, better embedding features than YouTube.  Use this upload and create a playlist for your students.

ChannelOne (www.channelone.com) Calls themselves the “pre-eminent news and public affairs content provider to teens”. Their Livewire section allows you to pull clips from their highly entertaining news broadcasts.  

Creative Commons search (search.creativecommons.org/) or Wikimedia Commons (commons.wikimedia.org/) Two search tools that allow for the location and sharing of CC licensed online content. To easily understand CC licensing and how it affects you or your students please visit the primer put together for the OLPC project.


Create your own video content...

Use screen capture software such as Jing, Camstasia (//www.techsmith.com/) or iShowU (www.shinywhitebox.com/) to create videos of what is happening on your computer to share with students. Additionally, a new product that has come up and caught my attention is Screenr, which runs in your browser.

Create mashups, or video remixes of content using video editors to bring various video clips together into one NEW cohesive piece. This can be done with tools such as Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Animoto or the YouTube Video Editor. Examples of some mashups can be seen below.

Create animation video clips that you, or your students can share and remix using xtranormal.

Use the webcam on your machine to save, edit and share video of students reading, sharing, or commenting on classroom content. A video tutorial of how to do this can be found here.

Use a Flip Video camera, or another type of camera to collect and move video content over to your computer or straight to the Internet. Most cell phones or video sharing sites now offer services to upload video for free.