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Transferring 'CC licensed' Youtube video from one channel to another

Transferring 'CC licensed' Youtube video from one channel to another | Video for Learning |

Consider a scenario in which you are using a CC licensed Youtube video, which is available on a channel that is not yours, with your students. One fine day you notice that the video has been removed and is not longer available to our students

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This is a really helpful and hopefully will encourage more educators to consider consider using CC  and adding CC licences to the videos they upload

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Looper Infinitely Replays Particular Sections of YouTube Videos

Looper Infinitely Replays Particular Sections of YouTube Videos | Video for Learning |
Chrome: Whether you are watching your favourite scene or viewing a lecture, there are times when you need YouTube to repeat a certain part of a video. Looper for YouTube is a new extension that lets you do this easily.
theo kuechel's insight:

I've just added this extension and it is very useful - well for certain tasks anyway such as learning a guitar solo  - or watching a dynamic process that are short lived, for example;  the explosive demolition of a building.  I think ther is a lot of potential for both individual and group or class work.  For more analytical learrning that requires a response then might be worth looking at.

Now if there was an export feature or embed code for the loop that would be excellent. I would would welcome comments from  from educators on how or if they might use/ have used this tool.

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STEMbite: Transforming Video Lessons with Google Glass

STEMbite: Transforming Video Lessons with Google Glass | Video for Learning |

Two months ago, I received Google Glass. No, I don’t work for Google, and I’m not a software developer. I am an online science teacher, one of the only teachers in the world to have the highly coveted device. Naturally, I figured I should do something useful with it. So I started STEMbite, a series of video lessons on math and science that I film through Google Glass"

theo kuechel's insight:

Google Glass has recieved a great deal of negative press in recent months, and much of it from the education sector.  Andrew Vanden Heuvel flips that coin to show the other side, using Google Glass to create some very interesting and enlightening  first-person video clips relating to Science and Maths topics. Examples include  Seed Dispersal and the Physics of Mirrors.You can find these and more on STEMbite's  YouTube Channel

Perthaps this technique will establish itself as another 'important' video style alongside thiose developed by RSA and  CommonCraft.  I think this does extend the potential for the educational user generated video and may inspire lots of innovative approaches. What do others think?

edyssee's curator insight, June 29, 2013 10:49 AM

Könnten selbstgedrehte Unterrichtsfilmchen eine nützliche Anwendung für Googles umstrittene Datenbrille sein? Erste experimentelle Beispiele sind in diesem Beitrag beschrieben.

Ob dafür wirklich Google Glass benötigt wird?

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Links from #ukedchat sessions

Links from #ukedchat sessions | Video for Learning |

#ukedchat added something new to their normal twitter chat hour this week. Teachers were invited, beforehand to create a short 3-5 minute video and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo, then share the links which would be tweeted out for the audience to watch, and comment, on in real time during the TeachTweet event#ukedchat has curated the video's here on  for further viewing and comment.

I think this is a very innovative and welcome approach to teachers for several reasons:

  1. By moving the media format from text to video, it suggests new ways of  connecting with an audience.
  2. The resources will not disappear into the ether because the half life of a video is significantly longer than that of a tweet.
  3. The video resources can be shared and embedded in other content and resources for CPD.
  4. This provides another way for teachers to share resources and ideas.

Hopefully these videos will attract lots of comments.

UKEdChat's comment, March 29, 2013 2:34 PM
Very kind words, thank you.
theo kuechel's comment, March 29, 2013 2:48 PM
You are welcome, but thanks are really due to UKedchat for getting this started. I note from the TeachTweeet web page more are planned and I look forward to seeing it develop.
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Donald Clark Plan B

Donald Clark Plan B | Video for Learning |

the lecture or talk is a waste of time if it's not recorded and put up on YouTube, as many more people will watch online than offline."

"Unlike education, the web has a habit of producing pedagogic models that have massive user adoption. Short, instructive video is one such Massive Open Online Pedagogy (MOOP). YouTube showed that short, video clips have a serious contribution to play in learning. YouTube EDU put lectures online but if anything this was the old world porting its old bad practices into the new world. A bad one hour lecture isn't made better by putting it on YouTube and believe me, YouTube EDU is  jammed with bad lectures"

theo kuechel's insight:

Donald Clark provides an excellent broad rationale on why YouTube is one of the the most important Learning Platforms and search tools. I think he captures the pedagogical affordances for the viewer -  for me it also raises the question - Is one more than a viewer on YouTube?

And then of course there is the constructivist aspect of YouTube - acessed throuh the Editor  and Video Mangager

Clive Buckley's curator insight, February 13, 2013 5:25 AM

Donald is always worth listening to

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YouTube Gets An Investigative News Channel | TechCrunch

YouTube Gets An Investigative News Channel | TechCrunch | Video for Learning |

"Crack journalism is coming to the land of cat and Justin Bieber videos: YouTube is helping to launch a new channel with the Center for Investigative Journalism (CIR)"

With each day that passes YouTube is becoming increasingly important as an platform for news gathering and dissemination, ranging from user generated as it happens footage, to uploaded news broadcasts from providers such as Al Jazeera IFiles offers an alternative to TV broadcast news.

Now a new channel The IFiles TV will curate video from sources including the BBC; Al Jazeera and The New York Times amongst others - I think this may be one to watch.

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YouTube Blog: It's YouTube's 7th birthday... and you’ve outdone yourselves, again

YouTube Blog: It's YouTube's 7th birthday... and you’ve outdone yourselves, again | Video for Learning |

"Last year to celebrate our birthday, we wrote you, the YouTube Community, a thank you note for making our first 6 years so special. And on that birthday you gave us a great present by reaching a record rate of 48 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute. Well Community, this year, on our 7th birthday, you’ve outdone yourselves once again.


Today 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. Like many 7 year olds around the world, we’re growing up so fast! In other words, every single minute you now upload three whole days worth of video instead of two"

Just reflecting on what the next seven years will look like? Also on how much poorer learning on the web would be without YouTube.

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TED-Ed | A New Video Platform for learning

TED-Ed | A  New Video Platform for learning | Video for Learning |

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.

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TED-Ed - Lessons Worth Sharing -

TED-Ed - Lessons Worth Sharing - | Video for Learning |

TED-Ed's mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world. We do this by pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos. A new site, which will launch in early April 2012, will feature these new TED-Ed Originals as well as some powerful new learning tools.

I  think we can all look forward to some inspiring and thought provoking educational videos when TED Ed launches. These will be 'crowdsourced' as TED seeks nominations for educators, animators  and lesson ideas to be included.

As a precursor the associated YouTube channel is now live and offers a flavour of the quality of the content to follow.

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A Sticking Plaster Mentality to Open Web Access in Schools |

A Sticking Plaster Mentality to Open Web Access in Schools | | Video for Learning |
Just before Christmas Google announced the YouTube for Schools platform, which runs through a schools Google Apps for Edu account, allowing students to access...

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EmbedPlus - Enhance YouTube Videos for Learning

EmbedPlus - Enhance YouTube Videos for Learning | Video for Learning |

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.

Tools include:

Chapter Marking

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
Replay an event soon after it happens. Also double-click to loop the replay.

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
Instantly watch videos at a slower rate to more clearly see what happens. Use it for videos with sports highlights, demos, tricks, and raw footage.

Movable Zoom
Added accessibility. Dynamically magnifies an area of the video as it plays. Use it to get a close look at objects, writing, and things like moving athletes.


Real-time Reactions

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: 

Post adapted from the original by @robingood - thanks!

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Learning English Video Project

Learning English Video Project | Video for Learning |

The Learning English Video Project (LEVP)  is a new documentary series exploring the importance and focus on learning English around the world. It features interviews, case studies and examples of practice from seven countries, including a UK perspective.

There is also a series of Videoblogs from the fimmakers which give a detailed background to the making of the project which has been developed by - a free site for teachers and learners of English.

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YouTube for Schools - YouTube

YouTube for Schools - YouTube | Video for Learning |

You Tube has just launched YouTube for schools which schools can sign up to using their School Google account.


The service will allow schools to access content from  YouTube Edu that can can be futher filtered by "adminstrators."  This is designed to facilitate "safe viewing" and I am sure it will be welcomed by many schools worldwide.


Whilst welcoming YouTube's proactive engagement with education; I also have a number of reservations about this service.  You Tube Edu does not host the only good educational content available on YouTube I think it focuses too heavily on 'subjects' and grades rather than the interconnectedness of knowledge. Addtionally the feature to restrict videos to within an institution seems contrary to the open nature of the Internet.


On a positive note it will perhaps enable those schools where YouTube has been foolishly 'banned' to benefit from the wonderful video ecosystem that is YouTube.

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The 3 R's - A Historic Film Archive from British Pathé

The 3 R's - A Historic Film Archive from British Pathé | Video for Learning |
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British Pathé has just mades its entire collection of 85,000 historic films available, in high resolution, on its YouTube channel. Even though British Pathé have hosted some valuable content on YouTube since 2011, the release of the entire archive is a significant event, about which, I would like to share a few thoughts and notes from an

educational perspective

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Google Drive Blog: Four new ways to customize your Google Forms

Google Drive Blog: Four new ways to customize your Google Forms | Video for Learning |

Embed YouTube videos
You can now embed a YouTube video right inside a form -- perfect if you want to get feedback or ask questions about a video.   

This works really well for quizzes in class, especially if paired with data validation and the progress bar. Embed a video and then use data validation to give hints when students enter incorrect answers, and add a progress bar so they know how far along they are in the quiz. 

theo kuechel's insight:

I think this is a logical development for Google Forms. It may well attract a new group of users from a range of interests and subject disciplines who wish to include media in their learning resources, or those created by their students,.

As well as the obvious 'watch and answer' multiple choice type quizzes other options including paragraph text or scaled responses may provide better tools for reflective analysis of video clips, or indeed images, which can also be included in forms. Do you think this is a useful addition to Google Forms? How would you use this new feature?

theo kuechel's comment, September 10, 2013 6:08 PM
Thanks for comment Stephen - hopefully folk will share some examples of how they use this new feature.
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Free Technology for Teachers: VideoNotes - A Great Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Academic Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: VideoNotes - A Great Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Academic Videos | Video for Learning |

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.

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theo kuechel's insight:

I have just made a test VideoNote for a YouTube clip and all seemed to work very well. It is very easy to set up and use immediatley and there is some help if required. The response when clicking the annotated notes to access the correct point in the timeline was instantaneous. I would have liked to see the timecode in the notes window  - hopefully that will become available. I have not expored the download option in detail 

I have used Videopaper3 previously, (V.4 is is still in a closed beta - a mistake I think), what I like about this tool is that it is online and saves to Google Drive. Also the sharing options open up so many collaborative opportunies at all levels of education, from early school to tertiary education.

It is interesting to note that the page is badged with the Logos of some of the major online learning providers, including Coursera and Khan. I would like to know more about the provenance of the resource and hopefully a more detailed about page will become available. Great Potential for use of video in learning.

Alex Watson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 11:16 AM

This seems like a great tool

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, June 1, 2013 12:40 AM

This looks like it might be nice for makign notes on dance videos I like to watch and comment on.

Geofrey van Hecke's curator insight, June 3, 2013 10:19 AM

add your insight...

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Henshaws College and Jisc launch an accessible YouTube website : JISC

Henshaws College and Jisc launch an accessible YouTube website : JISC | Video for Learning |
Henshaws College has launched an accessible version of YouTube, which was funded by Jisc through Jisc Advance. It allows people with learning difficulties and disabilities to use this mainstream technology independently.

Access YouTube is a superb development from Mike Thrussell at  Henshaws College  which deserves as much recognition as it can get, let's hope this link will be shared as widely as possible, I will most definately continue to follow this innovative and valuable project.

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YouTube: Easily create video intros and outros

YouTube: Easily create video intros and outros | Video for Learning |

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. 


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YouTube Blog: Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity

YouTube Blog: Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity | Video for Learning |

Yesterday YouTube  added a new feature, that allows users to easily blur faces in the videos they upload.

"As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them. According to the international human rights organization WITNESS’ Cameras Everywhere report, “No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users the option to blur faces or protect identity.”

I think this will prove popular with, some, schools.  Whist there may be rare cases when face blurring be appropriate in  a school video, I suspect most of the time it will be used unecessarily. My own view is it sets children 'apart,' creates an atmosphere of mistrust or even makes them look like 'suspects'   Please add your thoughts in the comments.  

Having said that, I do think it is a good move on YouTube's part to offer this facility.

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Live Video Streaming: Google Hangouts On-Air Now Available for All

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: 


Find out more:

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The Khan Academy, SmartHistory & Google Art Project

The Khan Academy, SmartHistory & Google Art Project | Video for Learning |

"You may have been wondering what Smarthistory has been up to since we joined Khan Academy in October. We’ve had to keep this hush-hush…but we can now announce that we have contributed more than 100 videos to the unbelievably great, second iteration of the Google Art Project"

The recent announcement of an extensive Version 2 of the Google Art Project, covering 151 museums and thousands of works has been followed by the news that have been collaborating with Google on building education resources to extend and support the project.

I think this is a good example of how content can be part of an ecosystem for learning. I am sure it will encourage similar initiatives elsewhere.

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YouTube adverts - an update (| Digital - teacher | Education in a technological world)

YouTube adverts - an update (| Digital - teacher | Education in a technological world) | Video for Learning |
Yesterday I posted about my concerns over YouTube suddenly added adverts to the school channel and, as I later discovered, also appearing before and over...


This is a very interesting perspective of using YouTube in schools from a teachers point of view. It  raises many issues that educators should be aware of and discuss. So thanks to Simon for the post and starting the debate.

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An anthropological introduction to YouTube

Michael Wesch presented this  "at the Library of Congress, June 23rd 2008. This was tons of fun to present. I decided to forgo the PowerPoint and instead worked with students to prepare over 40 minutes of video for the 55 minute presentation"

Michael's analysis of YouTube draws the connections between video, Web technology and ourselves; exploring how these have changed behaviours and relationships.

Whilst the numbers have grown exponentially, some of the demographics may have shifted,  and the YouTube platform has evolved since this was put together; this is still essential viewing if you are interested in developing the potential of Video for Learning.

The timecoded bookmarks are invaluable in helping get the most from this reosurce.  

Thanks to Oliver Quinlan for reminding me about this!

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Upcoming: YouTube Video Player Introduces Storyboards and Timeline Thumbnailing

YouTube will be adding another ferature which should be very useful for educators, being able to show thumbnails will be ideal for developing digital story telling, review, questioning and predictive activities. 

Amit Agarwal writes:


"The next version of YouTube video player will have one very useful feature – you can hover your mouse to any point in the video, without actually moving the playhead, and the YouTube player will show you an image thumbnail of the video frame at the position.


Thus you can easily get a visual gist of the whole video while the clip is still buffering.


I recorded a screencast video and that should give you a better idea of this new feature."


Read the full story: 

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Grockit Answers

Grockit Answers | Video for Learning |

"Start a Question & Answer page for any video on YouTube"

Grockit Answers is very interesting tool, that allows one to initiate discussion around YouTube videos. It probabl;y needs a critical mass of users to get going so hope this post helps.

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