This video was created by students for the Parkway Digital Film Festival.
Using video in the classroom is a great way to grab students attention, make a point, or explain a concept when resources and equipment might not be readily available. However, if you are using PowerPoint as a part of your classroom, you may find that switching screens to a browser interrupts the flow of your presentation and that you might lose some kids when you’re flipping back and forth between windows. Then you have to get back into your PowerPoint presentation on the same screen you stopped. While this can be done fairly seemlessly, usually it’s not. I’ve fumbled with more than one PowerPoint file trying to get back where I need to be in my presentation. The answer is to simply embed the YouTube video you want to use directly into your PowerPoint file.
First, find the YouTube video that you want to use in your instruction. There are lots of great videos out there that you can find with a simple search. Just be sure to watch the entire video before you show it to students. You never really know. Some great places to find videos for classroom use are the YouTube for Teachers site and the YouTube Education site, both of which are put together and curated by educators.
Once you find the video you want to use, follow these directions to prepare your video for use in PowerPoint.
- Click “Share” to open up the sharing options
- Click on “Embed” to get the embed code
- Uncheck all options other than “Use old embed code”
- Select the “853 x 480” screen size option (these numbers may change depending on the video, but you can typically be safe by selecting the third option)
- Once you’ve selected each of these options, highlight the embed code and copy it.
Now go to PowerPoint (2010) and click on the “Insert” tab. Click on the dropdown arrow on “Video” and select “Video from Web Site”.
This will bring up another window where you paste the embed code from YouTube.
Click “Insert” and a small black window representing your video will appear on your slide.
Clicking on the circle in the corner of this box will allow you to resize the video so it’s easier to see in the classroom.
The following video will walk you through this process.
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Since it was launched in 2005, YouTube has made online video commonplace. When Google bought them in 2006 and began to incorporate it’s search engine in it, it became even more of a powerhouse. However, YouTube is far from the only game in town, it’s just easily the most well known at this point. This week I’d like to give you some other resources for using online video in the classroom.
- Discovery Streaming – Formerly United Streaming, Discovery Education acquired the United Streaming library a number of years ago. Since then they have expanded the catalog and added a number of tools such as assessments, assignments and lessons that you can use based on the videos that you find.
- SchoolTube – Much like YouTube, SchoolTube is a video sharing site that allows schools, students and teachers to upload and share videos. However, SchoolTube provides much more control over the content so you’re sure that there won’t be any inappropriate content.
- Snag Learning – Snag Learning provides professionally produced documentaries about a variety of subjects and categorized them into subject areas and grade levels for easy access to the content that you want for your classroom.
- NextVista – Next Vista for Learning is a non-profit organization based in California that focuses on helping teachers and students use and create content through digital media. The site highlights student work and gives students and teachers an audience for their creations.
- Parkway Digital – Although it’s behind a password, Parkway Digital has a great number of student and teacher created videos that are hosted on Parkway servers. You can post and share videos as well as embedding them in your website for others to see.
- YouTube for Teachers – As I wrote about a few weeks ago, YouTube for Teachers is a curated YouTube channel categorized by subject area and grade level and is constantly being updated.
While not every concept should be explained using video, the visual aspect as well as the connection students can make to content is not something that we should overlook. Posting those videos on a website for enrichment or review can be an important piece of helping students succeed. While this isn’t a complete list, it does offer some options other than the standard YouTube search or textbook videos.
In December, my kids and I began a surprise project for my wife. We were going to “give her a new bathroom” which basically entailed painting our existing one and adding new hardware. My helpers and I went through the process of patching, priming and painting and upon finishing it, my daughter asked when we were going to finish it. In my estimation we had but she pushed on. “What about the stuff up by the ceiling in the living room?” She was talking about crown molding. To finish the room, we needed to add that crown molding. I had installed baseboards before but never the more complex crown molding. I took out my handy dandy home repair book to try to figure out how to make the cuts but then, upon trying it with a small piece of molding, found that I had no idea what I was doing. So it was off to the internet and YouTube to find guidance. Low and behold, I found a video explaining what to do, techniques to help and ultimately found success in my crown molding project.
I’m a big beliver in using video as a part of education. With so many resources now available, it’s becoming hard to ignore the wealth of information online. However, finding those resources can become exceedingly difficult with so many other demands on your time. Finding things on SchoolTube is a great first start but a resource that you may not know is available to you is a YouTube channel specifically for teachers. Reaching out to a group of teachers they identified partner videos that align with common core standards and organized them by subject area, grade level and standard. While the list is incomplete, it’s a great place to start.
According to YouTube’s statistics page, “More than 13 million hours of video were uploaded during 2010 and 48 hours of video are uploaded every minute, resulting in nearly 8 years of content uploaded every day.” That’s an amazing amount of video that everyone, students and adults alike, has access to. While some of these videos are of cats riding skateboards, there are also as many instructional and educational videos available for use in the classroom as well as in your own life. Not long ago, my daughter, Molly, was trying to figure out how to get past a certain level in the video game Poptropica. She had worked through previous levels and was stuck. Rather than asking for help, she went to YouTube and did a search for a solution to that level. At 7 years old, she knew that she’d find her answer in an online video and in about 2 minutes, she found it, got through the level and went on her merry way. By watching her dad use the internet and find resources, she had learned that YouTube was someplace where she could find answers.
With all that video, sometimes it’s hard to manage and navigate the YouTube environment. Here are some thing you may know that you could do with YouTube.
- Create your own playlists – Just like with music services and software, you can create a playlist of YouTube videos that you want to save to watch later. To do that, you need to create an account with Google. (Watch this video for instructions.) If you’re logged into YouTube, under each video you’ll see an “+ Add to” button that will allow you to add it to a playlist.
This playlist can then be accessed clicking on your username in the upper right hand corner and then selecting “Videos” in the dropdown. On that page you’ll see any videos that you’ve uploaded, tagged to watch later or added to a playlist.
- Share a video– Sharing videos on YouTube may not be new to you, but there are a couple of options that you may not know about. When you click the “Share” button below a video, you’ll see a link to a video where you can email that link to someone or you can click “Embed” and get a code to post that on your website. Those are common features that are readily used but in that same window, you’ll see a “show options” link. One of the features that I like best here is that you can check the “Start at” box and select the point in the video where you want it to start. Then when you share that link with someone, the video starts exactly where you wanted it to without the recipient having to watch the irrelevant parts.
- Subscribing to video channels– There have been many times where I have found a set of videos that were uploaded by someone that I really liked and wanted to know when they uploaded more. At one point, I would have to continually go back to that person or organization’s channel to see if they have something new. Now I just subscribe to their channel and receive an email every time they upload a new video. To subscribe to a video channel, click on the “Subscribe” button on the top of the video and you’ve just subscribed yourself. On the popup find the checkbox beside “Also email me for each new upload” and you’ll start getting emails whenever new content is available.
- Show videos without the comments or recommendations – YouTube has lots of busyness on every page with a video. There are comments and suggested videos that may or may not be appropriate as well as ads on the site. Sometimes that can be very distracting. Using a site like Quietube can allow you to focus only on the video by removing all the extras. Go to the Quietube website for directions on how to use it. (See an example here and watch a tutorial here.)
Online video is a part of our lives and it’s not going away anytime soon. Students like my daughter are becoming very adept at using and working with online video but it’s not “just for kids” and it’s not “just for entertainment”. More and more it can be used as a tool for education and for learning. Hopefully these tips can help you navigate the world of YouTube a little more smoothly. If you’d like to talk more about the role online video can play in your classroom, contact me. I’d love to hear from you.