Welcome to the eight step in our free professional learning series on personal blogging!
The aim of this step is to provide an overview of creating and using videos to help get you started using video or get more out of using videos.
Why educators use video
If you look closely at blogs you’ll see educators often embed video in posts and pages because videos grab attention, engage and create opportunities for interaction in ways not possible using plain text or images.
There are so many different ways you can use to create videos, ranging from quick and fast ways to create video to more creative, time consuming techniques, that it is impossible to cover them all.
Below is an overview of using videos to help get you started. We’ve embedded examples and included video tutorials where appropriate.
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Video creation and editing
There is a wide range of video creation and editing tools and apps that you can use to quickly create and/or edit videos.
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Animoto is a video creation that allows you to create videos from photos, video clips and music using their website on your computer or their app on your mobile device.
Animoto is a handy tool because it allows you to focus on content creation without needing to learn video editing or manipulation.
Using it is as simple as uploading your images, video and audio, or selecting files from Animoto’s media files, and then letting Animoto mix the images, video and music together to create a professional-looking video in minutes.
Explain Everything is an app that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations.
You’ll find video tutorials on how to use Explain Everything here.
Here’s an example of Grade 2 student using Explain Everything for increasing patterns.
Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.
Instagram allows you to create video clips with a maximum clip length of 15 seconds and apply 13 video filters.
Read these posts on why Larry Ferlazzo uses Vine and Instagram videos with his students:
Watch this video created by one of Larry’s students using Instagram.
Watch this video on how to create a video using Instagram.
iMovie is a free video editing software application for the Mac computers and iOS devices. Educators use iMovie if want to use free software to create or edit movies on their Apple devices. iMovie allows you to easily combine your images and photos, with audio or music, to make professional looking movies.
The iMovie app is an essential app for quickly creating movies on iOS devices.
Watch this video to learn how to use iMovie on an iPad.
Loom is a free screencasting tool available via Chrome extension. You can use on Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. Loom allows you to record your camera and screen with audio directly from your Chrome browser. You can then download your video, embed it on your blog, or share it via social media or email etc.
Screencasting is such a versatile way to use video in the classroom. Not only can teachers make tutorials, but students can share their learning as a screencast by narrating their digital creations.
For a very simple example, students could narrate a Google Slide presentation.
PowToon allows you to create animated videos and presentations.
Here is an example of a PowToon created by an educator.
Screen-O-matic is an easy, free way to record screencasts on your computer. You can record the screencast online using their website or download their app onto your computer.
Here is an example of a video created using Screen-O-Matic.
Lots of educators also use Screen-O-matic to create how to screencasts.
Creating videos can be as simple as recording a video to more elaborate videos using a range of different video techniques.
Below are some examples of different video techniques used with students.
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Digital Story Telling
Digital storytelling refers to a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to create and share story.Stories through the lens is an excellent resource to help you and your students create great images and video for digital story telling.
RSA Animate Style Videos
RSA Animate style videos combine illustrations that follow along with what the speaker is saying. You can read about the birth of RSA Style videos here.
Here is an example of a well known RSA Animate video.
You’ll find detailed instructions for creating RSA Animate Style videos with students here.
Stop motion video
Stop motion is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.
Dolls or lego with movable joints or clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of re-positioning.
Here is an example of a lego stop motion video.
Learn more about making stop motion movies with students here.
Using a green screen
Some educators use a green background in front of which moving subjects are filmed so they can add a separately filmed background to their video.
This technique is known as chroma keying. It is commonly used for weather forecasts, news telecasts, special effects in movies and video games.
Here’s an example of a video created by a student using a green screen.
Copyright and videos
Video is more confusing than images because you see a lot of remixed videos online or videos using commercial music especially on YouTube.
That being said, you (or your students) can’t necessarily use parts from videos on YouTube (or other sources) to make mashups or as part of another video. If you use any video that you are cutting, making changes to, or adding to a project, or adding audio, it is better to use creative commons content, free or public domain content or request permission from the copyright holder.
You can read more about Creative commons and free or public domain content here. Refer to The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons for comprehensive information on the use of images, curriculum docs, text and quotes, music, videos.
YouTube Copyright Basics
If you do use copyright content on YouTube this is what might happen:
- The video and/or audio is pulled because of a DMCA complaint, copyright infringement or content ID match.
- No action is taken but they might add an advertisement to your video that says ‘Buy this song’.
The following videos are good for explaining video copyright to younger students.
Video hosting websites
Videos from video hosting websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Media Core, SchoolTube and Google Drive can be easily embedded into posts or pages.This is handy when you have large video files you want to add to your blog posts, want to play your video within an embedded player or want to embed a video created by someone else into your posts.
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YouTube is the most popular video sharing and viewing website on the Internet. While some schools block YouTube there are lots of educators who use YouTube to share videos they, or their students have created, or to source video resources to use with their students.
We recommend you set up a class or teacher YouTube account if you plan to upload videos or create YouTube Playlists because this helps separate your work videos from your personal videos.
YouTube Playlists are fantastic way of compiling a list, or group, of videos that play in order to share with students. When one video finishes playing the next video starts. Using YouTube playlists you can control the start and finish times of each video — this is handy if you want students to watch specific parts of videos.
Watch this video tutorial to learn how to create YouTube Playlists.
Vimeo is another popular video sharing and viewing website. Less videos are hosted on Vimeo compared to YouTube. Vimeo is less likely to be blocked in schools compared to YouTube which is why it’s a popular video hosting website for uploading videos for class and for finding videos to use in class.
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Google Drive allows you upload video files up to 10 GB in size on your desktop computer or using the Google Drive app on your mobile app, and share them with select people or embed them into posts and websites.
Google Drive is a popular video hosting option for schools using Google Apps for education. Many of our Google Apps for education schools upload their videos to Google Drive and use the embed code to add to their posts.
Once you’ve uploaded your video to Google Drive you need to:
1. Click on the video or photo you want to embed and then click on the More icon and select Share.
2. Click on Advanced option in Share window.
3. Click on Change next to Private.
4. Click on On – Any one with a link or On – Public on the web and then click on Save.
5. Click on Done to close the Share window.
6. Click on the More icon and then Open in new Window link.
7. Click on the More icon in the new window and select Embed Item.
8. Copy the embed code.
9. Paste the embed code into your post using Insert Embed in the Add Media Window and then click Insert into Post.
12. Once your post is published you’ll see your photo or video embedded.
Embedding videos into posts
Videos from video sharing websites can be embedded into posts or pages by either using:
- Their video URL
- Their embed code
Using the Video URL
Edublogs now allows you to quickly embed videos, images and other content such as Tweets and Scribd into a post or page using their URL.
Websites that you can embed using their URL are:
- Flickr – videos and images
- YouTube – public videos only
You embed a video using the URL as follows:
1. Copy the video’s URL from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the video.
- For YouTube videos you need to use the video URL listed in Share this video.
2. Go to Posts > Add New or Pages > Add New or open an existing post or page in editing mode.
3. Paste the URL on a line by itself in your post/page editor.
Important URL Embed Tips
The link must be on its own line without any characters or whitespaces before or after the URL and must not be hyperlinked otherwise it won’t embed.
You can tell if a URL is hyperlinked by clicking on the link. If the hyperlink button in the toolbar highlights and a link box with the option to edit appears, like the screenshot below, it means your link is hyperlinked.
Click on Remove Link icon to remove the hyperlink.
Using Embed Code
You can also embed videos using their embed code.
This is handy when you want to change the size of the video embed, remove related videos when embedding YouTube videos or are embedding from a video sharing websites where you can’t use the video URL (e.g. Ted Talks, SchoolTube or TeacherTube).
Here is how you remove suggested videos using embed code:
1. Click on Share underneath the YouTube video you want to embed.
2. Click on Embed and then on Show More.
3. Deselect Show suggested videos when the video finishes.
4. Copy the embed code.
5. Go to Posts > Add New or Pages > Add New.
6. Place your cursor where you want the the video to appear and then click on the Add Media button.
7. In the Add Media window click on the Insert Embed Code tab.
8. Paste the video embed code into the embed code field.
9. Click on Insert into Post.
10. Your Add Media window will close and the embed will appear in the visual editor as shown below.
11. When you view your published post you will see your video.
We’d like you to add your voice and ideas to our ongoing conversation about blogging by undertaking one or more of these challenges:
- Have we missed one of your favorite video creation or video editing tools that you like to use with students? Write a post to explain why you use the tool with your students, include examples of how you use it with students and leave a comment with a link to your post.
- Find a video on YouTube or Vimeo that you would like to share with others and embed it into a blog post using the URL method. Leave a comment with a link to where you’ve embedded the video so we can check out how you went.
- Choose one or more of the video creation and editing tools and try creating a video using the tool. For example, you could create a Animoto to introduce yourself to your readers then embed it into your About page. Leave a comment with a link to where you’ve embedded the tool so we can check out how you went.
- Read through the list of video creation and editing tools or video techniques and write a post on which of these you would like to try with your students and how you would use with your students. Leave a link to your post so we can read your post.
Also feel free to leave any questions you are having (or tips/advice) as well.