Monday, May 3, 2010

Using YouTube Videos in the Classroom

Have you found a great YouTube video that you would like to use in your classroom? Here are some ways that you can use that YouTube video in the classroom without going to the YouTube site with your students:

Download the Video:
YouTube videos can be downloaded by using Zamzar, KickYouTube, or SaveVid. With Zamzar, you enter the URL (web address of the video), choose the format, and enter your email address. The converted video will be sent to your email account and you can save the video locally. With KickYouTube, just add the word "kick" to the URL of the video you need. (Ex: Choose from MP3, FLV, or 3G formats to download. Use SaveVid and you can also paste the URL and download the video.

Embed the Video in Your Web Site:
Another option is to embed the YouTube video in your personal web page. Just look for the embed code under the YouTube video and copy/paste the code into the HTML editor of your web page.

Play the Video in an Online Player:
If you don't have time or the need to download a video, but you would like to share it in the classroom, try SafeShare.TV or Theeter. Just copy and paste the YouTube video URL to one of these sites and the YouTube video will be embedded in an online player- free of YouTube's ads and links. SafeShare.TV even allows you to crop videos, removing ads at the beginning or end of videos.

Other options:
Still worried about content? Try searching school-friendly video sites like TeacherTube, SchoolTube, Edublogs.TV or WatchKnow for videos that have been shared by other educators.


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