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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.

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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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iOS | Android| Web

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.

Check out these examples of teachers using Animoto to introduce themselves to their new class.

Meet Mrs. Lindinger!

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Explain Everything

iOS | Android

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 is another video tutorial series on using Explain Everything.

Here’s an example of Grade 2 student using Explain Everything for increasing patterns.

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iOS | Android

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:

  1. Using Vine/Instagram in the classroom.
  2. Some more vocabulary videos by ELLs.

Watch this video created by one of Larry’s students using Instagram.

Watch this video on how to create a video using Instagram.

You can learn more about using Instagram here.

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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.

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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.

Below is an example of a Loom created by Kathleen Morris.


PhotoPeach allows you to quickly upload photos to create great looking slideshows and simple quizzes. Refer to these instructions for creating PhotoPeach quizzes.

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PowToon allows you to create animated videos and presentations.

Here is an example of a PowToon created by an educator.

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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.

Tom Perran uses Screen-O-matic with a Wacom Pen tablet to make instructional videos for his maths classes using his laptop.

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.

This video on “How to Participate in a Twitter Chat‘ by Vicki Davis was created using Screen-O-matic.

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Video techniques

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

You’ll find detail information on using a green screen with your class here.

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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.

You are free to embed any video from YouTube, Vimeo, BlipTV, WatchKnowLearn, etc. on your blog or website as long as it gives you the embed option.

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.

Watch this video on Creative Commons.

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YouTube Copyright Basics

If you do use copyright content on YouTube this is what might happen:

  1. The video and/or audio is pulled because of a DMCA complaint, copyright infringement or content ID match.
  2. 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.

  1. YouTube Copyright school video
  2. YouTube Copyright Basics

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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.

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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

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.

Click on Share

2.  Click on Advanced option in Share window.

Click on Advanced option

3.  Click on Change next to Private.

Click on Change

4.  Click on On – Any one with a link or On – Public on the web and then click on Save.

Change sharing

5. Click on Done to close the Share window.

6.  Click on the More icon and then Open in new Window link.

Open in new window

7.  Click on the More icon in the new window and select Embed Item.

Click on Embed Item

8.  Copy the embed code.

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.

Paste the embed code

12. Once your post is published you’ll see your photo or video embedded.

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Embedding videos into posts

Videos from video sharing websites can be embedded into posts or pages by either using:

  1. Their video URL
  2. Their embed code

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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:

  1. blip.tv
  2. DailyMotion
  3. Flickr – videos and images
  4. Photobucket
  5. Qik
  6. Scribd
  7. Twitter
  8. Viddler
  9. Vimeo
  10. YouTube – public videos only
  11. WordPress.tv

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.

Copy video URL

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.

Paste the video URL

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.

Remove link

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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.

Youtube options

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.

Click on Add Media

7.  In the Add Media window click on the Insert Embed Code tab.

Click on Insert Embed Code

8. Paste the video embed code into the embed code field.

Paste embed code

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.

Embedded video

11. When you view your published post you will see your video.

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Your Task

We’d like you to add your voice and ideas to our ongoing conversation about blogging by undertaking one or more of these challenges:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


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  1. For this final step I found a You tube video about Persona Dolls from Amaze Persona Dolls
    I was able to embed the video in the blog by using Add Media – Insert a You Tube video or by inserting the embed code.
    I also created a video introducing my persona Dolls using the free version of Powtoon which I found enjoyable and easy to use.I was able to embed the video in my blog but it appears as a link rather than the same appearance as the You Tube video.
    My blog post for Step 8 can be read at

    • Hi Jo, I loved the videos on your blog. Great use of the Persona Dolls.
      Your YouTube video might not be showing because it’s a link and not a line of text. Remove the link properties and the video should show. This link might be useful. http://help.edublogs.org/embedding-with-a-url/
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

      • Thank you very much for all your assistance, Eugene! I have really enjoyed participating in this challenge.
        I noticed after I had installed updates that some of the embedded items which were only showing as a link are now properly embedded but others are still not right. I will keep on playing with it!

  2. http://idsja.edublogs.org/

    I wanted to put Media Core into my blog, but when I checked out the Website, it is a subscription based service on the school level. Boo Hoo!

    Thank you Edublogs for solidifying my Blogging skills. 🙂

  3. Whoa–got my video into my final post for the school year–that was a bit tricky…but I got it! I am familiar with sharing via Google Drive–through school. That was also a new experience this year! Great opportunities through this edublogs challenge!!! thank you!!!

    • Hi Michelle, it’s so refreshing when people get excited about using new technology. Keep up the hard work. Your blog is looking great!
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

  4. I took the easy way and inserted a YouTube video. It was a subject that I wanted to share in a blog. But I’m impressed at the many different sources you have given in the information. There are many I want to try out! Thanks. http://mstcookclass.edublogs.org/?p=63

    • Hi Terresa, and thank you for sharing the video. Adding a caption and brief explanation of the length of the video is really useful. Highlighting when in the video the important information appears, is also a great help!
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

  5. This challenge was very inspiring, I have always used videos on my teaching blog and videos are a fantastic tool for me.

    • Musekiwa Mafara
    • Hi Musekiwa, I have to agree with you. What I found with my students was, they also enjoyed being able to go through the video content at home in their own time.
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

    • Hi Dan, I loved the video! It must take great patience to do stop motion animation. The LEGO Movie Maker for ipad looks like a very useful tool. Thanks for sharing!
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

  6. There are SO many great ways to add video to a blog! I have used many of these, but some were new to me (like the lego movie option). I look forward to exploring these more! for this assignment, I added a video to YouTube which I then put the link into my blog post. http://hwmwhirlwind.edublogs.org/2015/02/25/february-24-2015/

    I use video often for my teacher and school website, but I had not really given a lot of thought to using it in a blog until now.

  7. do you need the upgraded version

  8. http://teachingandlearning.global2.vic.edu.au/2014/10/12/global-read-aloud-2014/

    While I have explored using Animoto last year to make videos, I find I still go back to MovieMaker on my laptop a lot of the time – simple, basic, doesn’t need internet access……. plus I have used it a lot and while ever since it went “Live” version I haven’t been as happy with it, it is yet to steer me wrong!

    My school videos we create are stored on my school server or on my personal google drive if we wish to share them with anyone. As yet our school does not have a YouTube posting policy and we have only just created a school drive to store promotional videos about the school.

    The YouTube video post is a short one but I love that it is the creator of GRA explaining GRA and what she hopes to happen as a result of the program. It has been great to be a part of this so far and I’m looking forward to many more connections over the next few weeks! Hope you enjoyed the post!

  9. I really love creating videos using web-based tools. I have created a video called “A Glance into Ludwig” with an online tool called ProShow Web. The URL is http://web.photodex.com/.

    Here’s the link to my blog post, showcasing one of the videos I made. This literally took me no more than 15 minutes, start to finish. There’s royalty-free music available right inside the tool, which makes it very easy to use, as well as some terrific visual effects and themed shows. Enjoy!


  10. I totally enjoyed and LOVED this challenge. Thank you Edublogs. Here is the link to my bew ‘ Who Am I’ page where I have added a video to introduce myself. I used Powtoons to create this cute little video. Please check it out .


  11. Hello!

    Come check out my embeded videos. I really like that I have all these videos on my site rather than always having to log into You Tube to access them! Great tool for me! I know that I will be adding a lot more videos in the future! Check out my blog at

    All my videos are under my 4K wrap around page. Tell me what you think….


    • Hi Cyndi,

      Thanks for sharing that. It made me think about how young most of my students were when that took place. Looks like a museum I’ll have to visit some day.

      Dan Leeman, Edublogs Support

  12. I am so excited to learn how to embed a video with only a URL!! My previous comment on Step 7 was rash, for which I apologize. Now, I officially love Edublogs, as if I didn’t already adore it. Below is my post with an embedded YouTube video: http://readlearngrow.edublogs.org/2014/09/10/you-can-learn-anything/

    The video by Khan Academy is very powerful and one of my favorite motivational videos I hope to use in my classroom.

    Thanks, Sue and Dan, for all of your support! I appreciate your time with me individually and your facilitation of this 2014 Edublogs Teacher Challenge.

    • readlearngrow
    • Hi Sarah,

      I love that Khan Academy video too! They had so much momentum a couple of years ago; I’m excited to see where they go next with that campaign!

      I’m glad embedding with the URL is working for you 🙂

      Congratulations on completing the Teacher Challenge!

      Dan Leeman, Edublogs Support

    • Hi Dan,

      Yeah, it’s really handy to have the full videos and keep users onsite rather than having to click through a link!

      Dan Leeman, Edublogs Support