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If you use YouTube playlists, to organise and manage videos, you may wish to try out a new feature which will enable you to add intros and outros to the videos in the playlist to " weave individual videos together into a bigger story"
You can create these either as recorded 'to camera' pieces using your built in webcam or as text intros, there are a number of different styles and background effects to choose from. There is also an option to add background music.
The tool can be found in your Playlist settings in the Video Manager, click: Edit Playlist to use.
If students are creating playlist this facility might help them to think crtically about the content and sequences in a playlist.
Via theo kuechel
After the launch of their YouTube channel TED Ed have now announced the TED Ed video platform - with the strapline "Lessons Worth Sharing"
As you would expect, the platform is built around content from TED Ed partners and YouTube Edu Partners. Content is organised by subject and context and teachers can build various learning activities, and questions around this content.
More importantly the platforms potential reaches out beyond the featured content, orgamised into subjects and themes to any content in YouTube - and that is its strength. As Chris Anderson of TED states in his post:
"the goal is to allow any teacher to take a video of their choice (yes, any video on YouTube, not just ours) and make it the heart of a lesson"
Teachers can register to join the platform and create their own video based learning resources. I think this is an important development in video for learning and the important thing is that it is open to all around the world.
Via theo kuechel
VideoNotes is a neat new tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotes allows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen and on the right side of the screen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on. VideoNotes integrates with your Google Drive account. By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows you to share your notes and collaborate on your notes just as you can do with a Google Document.
Via Ann S. Michaelsen, theo kuechel
From Google's official announcement: "Today we're excited to launch Hangouts On Air to Google+ users worldwide.
With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to: Broadcast publicly. By checking "Enable Hangouts On Air," you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, to your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world.
See how many viewers you’ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
Record and re-share. Once you're off the air, we’ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it's easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it's over.
Of course, launching millions of live stations takes some doing, so we're rolling out Hangouts On Air gradually, over the next few weeks."
Some very good news, that many of us in education been waiting on for quite a while. Having facility to combine video conferencing with broadcasting and publishing will really extend what is possible in collaborative learning spaces for schools, colleges and educational projects around the world.
Official announcement: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/google-hangouts-on-air-broadcast-your.html ;
Find out more: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.
Via Robin Good, theo kuechel
EmbedPlus is a significant tool for educators, because it lets you easily edit, watch, and share videoclips from YouTube with enhance playback and annotations as listed below.
Chapter buttons, click these to skip to marked times. Use the wizard to mark notable parts like game highlights, changing performers, and lecture sections.
Crop, Cut, Splice, Chop. Play the interesting part of a video you decide.
Instant Replay / Loop
Sweet Spot Marking
Helps you catch the best parts of a video by revealing the scenes that are generating the most buzz by other viewers. You can also use it for your creative/marketing efforts or just for your curiosity.
Slow Motion On-Demand
Discussions about a video occur in many places. Optionally enable this button to show viewers the latest Internet reactions, right inside the player.
Third Party Annotations
Add your own timed annotations to any video. Use it to display titles, captions, scene labels, and side comments during playback.
EmbedPlus could be a game-changer because the tools offer affordances that can add learning opportunities in to almost any video clip. (See also the Dial-e framework for further discussion). The tools are straightforward to use, simply copy and paste the embed code on your (Wordpress), site, blog or post as directed.
More info: http://www.embedplus.com/ ;
Post adapted from the original by @robingood - thanks!
Via Robin Good, Let's Learn IT, theo kuechel