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Welcome to the ninth 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
  • Help get you started using video or get more out of using videos


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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.
  • To supplement or enhance a lesson to bring the topic to life.
  • To provide instructions that students can review anytime, anywhere. This is handy for when students are absent, to help students with extension or extra support, and for exam revision.

Below is an overview of using videos to help get you started. We’ve embedded examples and included video tutorials where appropriate.

Video can be used in so many different ways and it’s impossible to cover them all. Feel free to share your own favorite ideas and examples!

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Video Creation And Editing

There is a wide range of video creation and editing tools and apps available. You can use these to quickly create and/or edit videos.

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Animoto

iOS | Android| Web

Animoto allows you to create videos from photos, video clips, and music either on the web or on an app on your mobile device.

Animoto is a wonderful tool to use with students because it’s quite intuitive. It allows students to focus on content creation without needing to learn video editing or manipulation.

Using Animoto 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.

Educators can sign up for a free account which comes with 50 student accounts.

Here’s a very simple example of an Animoto made for a Cross Country event. Like a lot of these tools, you can add a lot more detail if you want to.

Check out more examples of Animotos created by students.


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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.

Karen Arrington has some great posts about using Book Creator with her students:

The free plan allows you to create one library of up to 40 books.

Check out this short video by Holly Clark that demonstrates how to get started with Book Creator.

Explain Everything

iOS | Android 

Explain Everything is an app that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations.

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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Instagram

iOS | Android

Instagram is a social networking platform that is designed for sharing photos and videos. Users can apply digital filters to their images and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr.

Read Larry Ferlazzo’s article on using Instagram videos with students. Also, check out his vocabulary videos by English Language Learners.

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

Instagram is restricted to those who are 13+.

You can learn more about using Instagram here.


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iMovie

iMovie is a free video editing software application for Mac computers and iOS devices.

Educators use iMovie if they 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

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

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

PowToon allows you to create animated videos and presentations.

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


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Screencast-O-matic

Screencast-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 Screencast-O-matic with a Wacom Pen tablet to make instructional videos for his math classes using his laptop.

Here is an example of a video created using Screencast-O-Matic.

Lots of educators also use Screencast-O-matic to create how-to screencasts.

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


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Lumen5

Lumen5 offers a simple way to make a slideshow type video.

It can even “automagically” make your blog post into a video (for best results you’ll need to edit it slightly).

Lumen5 contains a library of Creative Commons Zero images and music so you don’t need to search for content either (although you can use your own pictures and video).

The only downside (apart from it being a 13+ tool) is you can’t embed your video directly onto your blog. So you have to put it on social media or YouTube first and then get the embed code from there (see below for instructions). Or you could download the video and upload it directly into your post/page.

Early in 2018 we made a promo video for our Better Blogging With Students course.

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Video Techniques

Creating videos can be as simple as recording a video on your phone, tablet, or camera and then sharing it with the world. Of course, a lot more elaborate techniques and editing can go into video creation as well.

Below are some examples of different video techniques used with students.

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Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling refers to a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to create and share stories.

Stories through the lens is an excellent resource to help you and your students create great images and video for digital storytelling.


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RSA Animate Style Videos

RSA Animate style videos combine illustrations that follow along with what the speaker is saying.

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.

Check out the green screen video Linda Yollis’ students put together for a global project.

Want to learn more about green screens?


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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 either:

  • use Creative Commons content
  • use free or public domain content
  • 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

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. These videos could be created by the teachers, the students, or someone else.

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 a 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 more about YouTube Playlists.


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Vimeo

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.

The free plans do have some restrictions such as 500MB per week of upload space, up to 5GB total account storage.

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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. You can then share them with specific 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 – Anyone 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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Embed videos in posts

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

  1. The video URL
  2. The embed code

Note: Due to misuse by spammers, videos can only be embedded on Pro blogs, student blogs attached to a Pro blog, or CampusPress blogs. If you have a free blog, you can use the URL method which we explain below.


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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

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
  • want to 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 the 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 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 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 listed and try using the tool with or for your students. For example, you could create an 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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    • Hi Becky,
      Is your blog password protected? No problem if it is, just others won’t be able to see it.

      Also a tip about sharing URLs, the part at the end that looks like this ?p=23&preview=true means that this is a preview that’s only for you to see.

      Keep it up!

      • Kathleen Morris
  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

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    • Hi Ms. Almasi

      I really enjoyed the videos. Thank you for sharing.

      Eugene Brown, Edublogs | CampusPress
      @Edublogs_Eugene

  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
    Ines

    • 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.
    http://bowleepark.edublogs.org/

    • 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.
      http://cadescrita.edublogs.org.

    • 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.
    http://bowleepark.edublogs.org/

  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!
    http://bowleepark.edublogs.org/

  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.

    https://ledascience.edublogs.org/2015/03/30/room-1-snail-documentary/

    • 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:

    http://ledascience.edublogs.org/2015/11/11/butterflies/

    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.

    http://ledascience.edublogs.org/2015/03/30/room-1-snail-documentary/

    • 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.
    http://gillower.primaryblogger.co.uk/2015/11/05/flipped-learning-in-year-3/

    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.
    http://gillower.primaryblogger.co.uk/2015/11/01/art-week-in-year-three/

    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/

    Regards,
    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.

    http://cloudywithachanceofwarming.edublogs.org/lets-meet-the-sun/

  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!

        Thanks,
        Ms B.
        msboychuk.me

  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.

        gillower.primaryblogger.co.uk

    • 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.