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Welcome to the nineth step in our free professional learning series on class and student blogging!

The aim of this step is to provide an overview of creating and using videos with students to help get you started using video or get more out of using videos.  Thanks to everyone who helped plan and shared resources on using video .

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Why educators use video

Educators use videos for a wide range of purposes including:

  • To motivate and engage students – students enjoy using technology to create their own videos.
  • Supplement or enhance a lesson to bring the topic to life
  • Provide instructions students can review anytime, any where – handy for when students are absent, to help students with skills they find hard and exam revision.

There are so many different ways you can use to create videos with students, 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 wonderful tool to use with students because it allows them 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.

Below is an example of an Animoto created by a student.  Check out more student work here and learn more about using Animoto with students here!

Make a video of your own at Animoto.

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Book Creator

iOS  | Android

Book creator allows students to quickly create their own beautiful books.  We’ve included Book Creator in our video section because books created using this app are often shared as a video.

Watch this video to see how to use the Book Creator app.  Refer to Karen Arrington’s post to learn all the different ways you can share your books including sharing as a video.  You’ll find numerous ideas for using Book Creator with different ages students here.

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

Learn more about animals on PhotoPeach

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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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iOS | Android

Vine is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short video clips with a maximum clip length of six seconds. Vine videos can be shared or embedded on social networking services such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Don’t dismiss Vine’s potential for use with students due to the maximum clip length of six seconds.  Read these posts on why Larry Ferlazzo uses Vine and Instagram videos with his students:

  1. Using Vine/Instagram in the classroom. 
  2. Creating Vine Videos with English Language Learners.
  3. Some more vocabulary videos by ELLs.

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

Check out the best resources for learning to use the video app ‘Vine’.

Have a look at Mashable;s Vine Paper Creation Challenge and Matt Willis’s paper vines to see how creative some people are using Vine.

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Window Movie Maker 

Windows Movie Maker is a freeware video editing software by Microsoft. It is a part of Windows Essentials software suite and offers the ability to create and edit videos as well as to publish them to your social network such as Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.

Educators use Windows Movie Maker if want to use free software to create or edit movies on their Windows computer.  Movie Maker allows you to easily combine your images and photos, with audio or music, to make professional looking movies.

Here’s where you’ll find instructions on how to use Movie Maker:

  1. Import photos and videos.
  2. Edit your movie.
  3. Edit the audio.
  4. Choose a theme.  
  5. Share on the web.

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YouTube Photo Slideshow

The YouTube Photo Slideshow allows you to quickly create your own video from a photo slideshow using YouTube.

It’s as simple as:

  • Upload photos from your computer or select from an existing Google+ photo album.
  • Add music or audio to your slideshow
  • Click Upload to share your photo slideshow

Watch this video on how to create a YouTube photo slideshow.


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YouTube Video Editor

The YouTube video editor allows you to:

  • Combine multiple videos and images you’ve uploaded to create a new video
  • Trim your clips to custom lengths
  • Remix and combine creative commons video provided by YouTube
  • Add music to your video from a library of approved tracks
  • Customize clips with special tools and effects

Watch this video on how to use the YouTube video editor.

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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.

A great place to start learning about digital story telling is to work through the resources on 50+ Web 2.0 ways to tell a story.

Watch this video to learn more about the 50+ Web 2.0 ways to tell a story website.

Make sure you also check out the following tutorials:

  1. Stories through the lens – excellent resource to help you and your students create great images and video for digital story telling. 
  2. 10 tips for improving audio in video recordings.
  3. Video making with 7 year old students.

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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, BlipTVWatchKnowLearn, 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 complaintcopyright 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 just need to:

1.  Click on Share.

Click on Share

2.  Set who can view video.

  • Click on Change if you want any one on the Internet to watch the video and select Public on the Web.

Change share setting

3.  Go to File > Embed this video.

Select Embed this video

4.  Copy embed code and paste it into your post.

Copy the embed code

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Embedding videos into posts

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

  1. The video URL
  2. The embed code

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Using the Video URL

Edublogs 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

Embedding a video using the URL is as simple as:

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

1.  Must not be hyperlinked

When you embed using the URL you need to make sure it is not hyperlinked.

If the URL is blue, as shown in the example below, then it is hyperlinked.

Hyperlinked URL

To make it work you need to unlink the video URL by selecting the whole URL and clicking on the Unlink icon on your Visual Editor toolbar.

Remove hyperlink

2.  Place URL on its own line

Make sure the URL is on its own line.  There shouldn’t be any characters or whitespace before or after the URL.

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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’s how to embed a video using the embed code:

1.   Completely write your post or page including adding title, text, images, tags and categories.

Write post

2.  Click on Save Draft.

3.  Click on Preview to previewed your post or page.

Preview post

4.  Check your post and make all necessary edits.

5.  Locate video you want to embed from SchoolTube, TeacherTube or the video sharing website.

6.  Copy the embed code for the video.

  • Websites use a range of different icons to represent Embed code.
  • Look for icons like </>, the word Embed or hover your mouse over icons until you see the word Embed.

7.  Place your cursor in the post where you want you it to be embedded and click on Add Media button.

Click an Add Media

8.  Click on Insert Embed Code.

Insert Embed code

9.  Paste the embed code into the Insert Embed code box and click Insert into post.   

Paste embed code

10.  When you have finished writing click Publish.

Click Publish

11.  When you view your blog you should now see the video embedded in your post or page.

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Your Task

We’d like you to add your voice and ideas to our ongoing conversation about student blogging by completing the following tasks:

  1. Find a video on YouTube or Vimeo that you would like to share with students and embed it into a blog post using the URL method.  Or choose one or more of the video creation and editing tools and try using the tool with your students or try creating something for your students using it.  For example, you could create a Animoto to introduce yourself to your students and parents then embed it into your About page or you could get your students to bring photos of their holidays and create their own Animoto. Leave a comment with a link to where you’ve embedded the video so we can check out how you went.
  2. Read through the most recent comments in reply to this step and leave a response to another person’s comment.


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  1. I often to use allavsoft to download TeacherTube Videos to MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, FLV, etc, you can have a try.

  2. I started showing some simple educational YouTube videos to my 3 year-old as one additional way to work on learning letters, numbers, colors, etc. What surprised me was that my 5 year-old also loved them and started making her own. The videos seem so simple, but I think that’s what made my 5 year-old feel like she could also make videos teaching the things she’s been learning in kindergarten. It turned into a great activity.
    Here’s a playlist of some of the types of videos they like to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUqBWMOCo9s&list=PLukaSb6C3It3JBRII82yFpzw251pExoBP

  3. Video editors make a characteristic and captivating development anythings.Some strategy is extremely helpful for me .Absolutely awesome deduction furthermore a win over the work you were doing.It’s a superior open doors and new goal for ours.I trust you will be all the more better arrangement from next deterrents.

    • Hi Ms. Almasi

      I really enjoyed the videos. Thank you for sharing.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs | CampusPress

  4. This step is very rich, I must come back and study carefully most of its features. For today, I just created a short Animoto video, as they only allow 30 seconds for non pro accounts. Please check in at http://cadescrita.edublogs.org. Thank you

    • You’re right Ines, step 9 is a great tutorial for creating and embedding video. I watched your video on different reasons for writing. Do you have other Animoto video tasks with your class?

  5. I also found a video about Copyright which I think will be useful for the kids to watch. I wanted to put this onto the ‘Blogging guidelines’ page, but somehow its gone onto the home page.

    • Hi, Mrs Carole! I enjoyed listening to the video you posted about creating and developing a blog. I wonder if I could learn to put some legends on it, as my Portuguese young students won’t be able to follow the high speed talk of the gentle speaker. However, it was clearly structured and it surely can help students new to blogging.

    • Carole,
      I love the Meg-Says video about writing a blog. I hope you don’t mind, but I am going to show it to my high school students soon, as they are going to start writing their own Biology blogs soon. Thanks!

  6. OKay – I have now managed to put a video onto a Blog using the ’embed’ code.
    Not sure what the difference is, but hey.

  7. Hi. I have uploaded a video fro You tube onto a Blog. Not sure my classes will be able to do this because of restrictions on our Internet within school. Also not sure I should be encouraging young children (year 5) to be going on You tube at home either!

  8. We look forward to capturing the stories that matter most to us

    • Hi Dearne

      Thank you for sharing your video. You have put a lot of effort into your blog, and it shows.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

  9. I like to embed YouTube videos that we have watched in class or that further explain concepts from class to help my students better understand what we are learning. I have also made some iMovies with the year ones and linked them through YouTube. Here is a link for one of out iMovies.


    • Hi Lisa, I bet the students enjoyed watching their movies. My adult learners are learning computing skills, some are low in confidence, where asking them to create videos may be too daunting.

    • I watched your video and really enjoyed the iMovies you made.

  10. Hello, can someone help me??? I am creating a video – on plans of our New Learning Center. And I want to make the video as interesting as I can, some ideas on how to present our ideas and plans of our Learning Center into a video?? I was thinking along the lines of pretending someone stole the plans and we had to recover them – like a mystery and a mission. But, I really do not know…..
    I’d be grateful for any suggestions!!!!
    Thanks Fleur

    • Hi Fleur

      The mystery mission idea sounds like a great idea. Perhaps, create a few short clips to drop clues along the way? Get different students involved to act out different parts, and see if they can put the big picture together?

      You could create a post with a comments section, where the students could discuss ideas.

      Hopefully other people have other ideas they would like to contribute?

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

      • Thanks so much Eugene for your feedback and ideas!!
        Fleur H.

  11. Adding video links to my blog post has been great for helping my students to better understand or learn more about a subject. It has also been great for them to use video to communicate what they have learnt.

    On this post I have linked to a YouTube clip that teaches them more about monarch butterfly lifecycles:


    And here, the year ones used iMovie to create documentaries about an insect and unloaded through YouTube. Sometimes iMovie file sizes are too large to upload onto the blog.


    • These are so great! I need to do more of this.

      • stephaniewardrop
  12. I have embedded a YouTube video which I made in Explain Everything into a blog post about flipped learning which is something I am trialling with my Year Threes this year.

    I also loved the PhotoPeach slideshow which I saw on Mr Baldock’s blog and used it to show off the children’s art work which they did during Art Week.

    Learning loads by doing this course. Thank you so much, Eugene and Edublogger!

    • Hi Gill

      Thank you for the positive feedback. It’s rewarding to see how much you have learnt walking through this Teacher Challenge.
      Eugene Brown, Edublogs Support

  13. Hello,

    Thank you again for all the super information about video! I hope to try stop motion videos like the Lego example and explore a classroom green screen in the future.

    This weekend, I tried the very simple, free and effective PhotoPeach slideshow video for the first time. I put together photos from our Friday afternoon Halloween “Who Are You?” activity and embedded it on my weekly blog post: msboychuk.me/2015/10/30/november-2-week-at-a-peek/

    Ms B.

  14. I found that the Crash Course Kids videos explains things in a basic way, just the sort of thing when you are starting off in a new topic. Unfortunately my school has blocked Youtube for students access so hopefully it works on the blog when the students are using it.


  15. Explain everything is an excellent tool for making online lessons. I hope that the children will use it soon and maybe I could get them to use it for presentations or oral explanatory presentations. The lego animation looks like a great idea for letting the children use their second language or to use creatively for a writing task or history project. There are lot of great creative ideas here.

    • maistirscoile
    • I certainly agree with you. The tools that we now have available to us as educators will allow those students who find it easier to present their learning in a visual way, rather than the standard written way. I found that the planning and teamwork skills that students develop by using tools such as these just as, if not sometimes more, important that the curriculum content they are showing.

      • Hi maistirscoile and Mr. Learmonth,

        I agree. There are so many technological tools available for students to share and represent learning today! These tools are encouraging to the students who need enrichment as well as students who have difficulties with expressive language in traditional ways. I see student collaboration, planning and teamwork demonstrated over and over again when students work to master a technological tool and become expert technicians for the entire class – including me!

        Ms B.

  16. Hi
    I’ve experimented using Youtube and Vimeo. Both worked well, I had to create youtube channel to begin with to use a youtube video and Vimeo was easy,just took a while to create.
    The problem I had with You tube was that at the end of our video, which I uploaded onto to our youtube channel, there were options to go on and watch other movies, which I didn’t like. So I went with Vimeo.
    Also was able to put our movie into my drop box, which gave a me a link to watch it as well.

    • year6wilderness
    • I like both platforms as well. There are sharing options for Youtube that allow you to hide certain things when embedding like the suggested videos. Just in case you feel like giving YouTube another shot.

      • Jason Teitelman
      • Thanks, Jason. That bugs me, too, and I didn’t realise we have that option. I’ll take a look.


    • I prefer Vimeo also, I would be afraid that youtube would suggest watching other ‘related videos’ that are not related or relevant. I find Vimeo better that way and easier to upload.

      • maistirscoile
      • Hi maistirscoile

        Vimeo is popular but sometimes the video you want to use is on YouTube. You are able to remove suggested video options when you add a YouTube video if you use embed code and follow these instructions – http://help.edublogs.org/embed-youtube/#Using_Embed_Code

        Sue Waters
        Support Manager
        Edublogs | CampusPress

  17. My favorite video creations is Photo Story and Windows movie maker. I could not get my
    movie i had created with windows movie maker to download to my blog. Will try to get my Photo story one to work.
    I also liked working with Photo Peach.

    • mrsdeespencer
    • I had trouble downloading some large file onto my blog. To solve the problem I created a class YouTube account and uploaded the videos there. I made sure that all the videos were not listed so that the only way they could be watched was through the link on the blog.

  18. I have posted a You Tube video from a Green School Competition that my 7th graders entered. I posted it as a post and when I did that the video showed up and plays directly from there. I really like that. I also posted the link under my blogroll (which Im not sure what goes there) and It takes you directly to the video. I like both of these techniques and I cant wait to have the students try some of the ways they can use some of this movie making sites. I may have the students video and edit our debate that is coming up.