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Video Ecosystem for Learning

Presentation given at the Diverse Conference in Leuven. July 2012.


Historically, watching, moving images in school has been a whole class activity. Despite major developments in both the delivery platforms and video technology, much educational use of video is still predicated on whole class viewing, where the primary purpose of the video content is to illustrate or exemplify subject content.


However video is capable of much more; as I have argued in this presentation which is centred on a MindMap which provides the framework for the presentation. It visualises and connects the different elements that are at play in video for learning. This is still a developing project and with a lot more work to do, but if you wish to know more, please get in touch or comment below. I would be delighted to hear from you.

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YouTube Gets An Investigative News Channel | TechCrunch

YouTube Gets An Investigative News Channel | TechCrunch | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

"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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Educational Psychology Interactive: Videos in Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology Interactive: Videos in Educational Psychology | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

As you can see from the image above, this is primarily a listing of hyperlinks to videos related to Education Psychology. But it is a long and clearly detailed and dated list of contents, curated into headings including: Scientific Method,  Philospophy;  Science & Culture, Dynamic Systems and Cybernetics. Educational Reform.


The videos are aggregated from a wide range of sources including specialist sites and  TED. If you are interested or researching this field then you may find some very useful resources.

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30 minutes or more: Why web content keeps getting longer

30 minutes or more: Why web content keeps getting longer | Video for Learning | Scoop.it
The rule of thumb used to be that web content shouldn't be longer than five minutes an episode -- a rule that's pretty much dead here in 2012, with the spread of longer runtimes into least-suspected places, such as YouTube.

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This is interesting because a great deal of recent research suggested that educators and students prefer short clips for learning purposes.


  • Is this still the case?


  • Or do we need a rethink on how we offer video in our learning resources?  Have the high quality HD properties of contemporary online video changed how we can use video for learning. 


Your thoughts on this would be very welcome in the comments.


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diverse2012: Programme

diverse2012: Programme | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

"DIVERSE is the leading conference regarding all aspects of video and videoconferencing in education: teaching, research, management, etc. This includes the convergence of these technologies; the emergence of new possibilities such as "presence production" for learning, interactive television, virtual reality and computer games techniques, and handheld access to moving image"


If you are interested in Video for Learning then diverse2012  Leuven, 3-6  July is the conference to attend with a range of sessions covering many different facets of video and dynamic multimedia.

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Home - Open Beelden

Home - Open Beelden | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

"Open Images is an open media platform that offers online access to audiovisual archive material to stimulate creative reuse.  Users of Open Images also have the opportunity to add their own material to the platform and thus expand the collection. Open Images also provides an API, making it easy to develop mashups


Open Images has over 1500 Creative  Commons licensed videos  avaialble for download most are historic but the portal offers an upload option for those who wish to contribute to the archive. You can search the video by date of publishing or upload and CC licence. Lots of value here for educational projects and Research

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ECLAP Connecting stages, Best Practice Network | ECLAP Connecting stages

ECLAP Connecting stages, Best Practice Network | ECLAP Connecting stages | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

eclap is  the European Libray of Collected Artistic Performances  covering "stage, performing arts, cinema, film, dance, ballet, festival, music, opera, rock, theatre, theater, musical, audio, video, educational, entertainment, culture, heritage, cross media" bringing together a huge quantitiy of previously inaccesible performing arts resources

  

"Hosted through Europeana ECLAP is creating a best practice network, making use of advanced database and delivery tools for the production and dissemination of the rich multilingual European heritage."


Many of the performances are captured as video - hence the inclusion in this resource - and indeed many of these videos - as well as other media - can be downloaded. Juts to give a flavour here are some examples of song, dance and documentary.


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Video as a Research Method – Leah McLaughlin

Video as a Research Method – Leah McLaughlin | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

"Poetically modest, sometimes audacious and violent, animated images can sometimes help us to grasp the unfathomable dimensions of creation"

 

"As part of the MA ‘methodologies’ lecture series at National centre for Ceramics, Wales, Leah McLaughlin presented a lecture on ‘Video as a Research Tool’. As part of this presentation she set the MA students the task of completing a film themselves to enable them to experience first hand the ease with which film can be used to document aspects of their practice"


Some of the results can be seen on Leah's web page and I think this approach offers opportunities for all stages of education and all subjects


Thanks to @edmediashare  - good to see them on scoop.it


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Cinemagraphs - the interface between images and video

Cinemagraphs - the interface between images and video | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

"Cinemagraphs are still images that contain within themselves living elements allowing a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved. Cinemagraph is a technique of blending the effects of images and videos. It was introduced by a New York fashion photographer Jamie Beck, in collaboration with motion graphics designer Kevin Burg"


A far cry from the crude animated gifs common on the web in the 90's and early 21stC web, these examples examples demonstrate the scope and potential of this new medium  I think what might be interesting for educators is the power to focus on, and highlight some hidden detail, a nuance that might be missed in a video or still image. 


For example, what details would a geographer, a mathematician, or a linguist choose to emphasise?


This article also provides a useful guide on the technical aspects of making cinemagraphs. If you want to explore creating animated gifs on a mobile platform then there are some apps available including  Giffer.  Some more examples here.


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The Khan Academy, SmartHistory & Google Art Project

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

"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 SmartHistory.org 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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Silent Film Director

Silent Film Director | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

Silent Film Director  app for iPhone and iPod Touch lets you post process your video and create Silent and Vintage films with customizable sound, video speed, title cards, transitions, etc.


I discovered  Silent Film Director when Simon Widdowson , a teacher at Porchester Junior School Tweeted that the school had entered the International Retro Film competition. You can watch their entry here in the Gallery.


Think there is lots of scope for educational  fun here.

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TED-Ed - Lessons Worth Sharing -

TED-Ed - Lessons Worth Sharing - | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

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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WatchKnowLearn - Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students

WatchKnowLearn - Free Educational Videos for K-12 Students | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

 WatchKnow.org, which I scooped earlier, has now rebranded as WatchknowLearn.org. It has redesigned its look and the menus have been simplified.  All the important features and tools, whci make it such a useful platform, such as the age filter are still there. Now includes more references to the US K12 curriculum


 "Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory. Organized, reviewed, rated, and described by teachers."

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Public Domain Films

Public Domain Films | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

The Public Domain Review showcases a growing  collection of films, mainly from the Internet Archive. Categories include : Clips · Shorts · Silent Features · Talkie Features Animation · Comedy · Drama · Thriller/Noir · Horror · Fantasy/Adventure · Documentary · Ephemeral;which  can be also be filterd by decade/period. Each film is supported by useful notes and comments. which will be helpful for further research.


I would suggest; if you are remixing video - this would be an excellent source from which to draw content. It also features a very early remix - Charles A. Ridley's - Nazi Style Lambeth Walk.

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YouTube Blog: Face blurring: when footage requires anonymity

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


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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Create "Hand Drawn" animations on the iPad

Create "Hand Drawn" animations on the iPad | Video for Learning | Scoop.it


If you are a fan of the animated "hand drawn" videos that have been been made popular by the RSA then you may be interested in VideoScribe HD.


By selecting elements such as  icons arrows and backgrounds from the libraries provded, it is a relatively straightforward process to storyboard these videos, after which the  Videoscribe app  automatically creates a video sequence 'drawn' by an animated hand.  


I think there is a lot of potential for educators and students to come up with some innovative and creative results. The only downside might be if they become too ubiquitous and people become indiffrent to the format


Get VideoScribe HD on the Apple App Store; £2.99. There is also a free online browser based version together with a paid-for Pro Desktop version available on the Sparkol Web page.

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Predictions for Educational TV in the 1930s

Predictions for Educational TV in the 1930s | Video for Learning | Scoop.it
Before it became known as the idiot box, television was seen as the best hope for bringing enlightenment to the American people...

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In light of the current buzz surrounding flipped classrooms, MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and video lecture-capture; this piece on Matt Novak's excellent Paleofuture blog at Smithsonian.com, serves to remind us that educational TV/broadcasting; (now online video), is nothing new and perhaps offers us a clearer historical and academic context for evaluating the current use of video and broadcast technologies for learning.


The drawings used to illustrate the article are superb, and worthy of inclusion in any serious presentation about online learning!

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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 | Scoop.it

"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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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: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/google-hangouts-on-air-broadcast-your.html 

 

Find out more: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.


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How online video is opening up knowledge to the world

How online video is opening up knowledge to the world | Video for Learning | Scoop.it
The old model of learning had students passively sitting in lectures.

 

Academia barely noticed the industrial revolution, but a group of independent, like-minded pioneers, including Sebastian Thrun and Eric Mazur, are plunging it into the information revolution. By taking the lecture out of the hall and replacing it with online, interactive content studied at home, teaching time is spent on just that -- teaching, not declaiming. And once the university is flipped, it's open to the entire world.


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TED-Ed | A New Video Platform for learning

TED-Ed | A  New Video Platform for learning | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

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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Does Cloud Video Editing Make Sense for Pro Video

Does Cloud Video Editing Make Sense for Pro Video | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

"It's hard to talk about software in 2012 without mentioning "the cloud". You've seen the ads from sofware vendors asking what your cloud strategy is? With all this hype, it's worth taking a look at the state of cloud video editing and the promise it could hold for Professional Video Editors."


Although aimed at professional video makers, this article is also very timely and useful for educators, as it gives a clear picture of  the development  and current status of online video editing tools and suggests when they may be most useful.

 

Thanks to Nicholas Weil.

 


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BBC News - How to make a movie on a smartphone

BBC News - How to make a movie on a smartphone | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

BBC Click team demonstrate how to use a smartphone to make a movie complete with dramatic special effects.

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This video demonstrates how various apps and accessories, (inc. prices), and offers some advice on filming techniques that can help you make (better quality), movies on a smartphone (mainly iPhone).

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Journal of European Television History and Culture

Journal of European Television History and Culture | Video for Learning | Scoop.it
Journal of European Television History and Culture is to be the first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of television studies...


A great initiave from EuScreen This excellent journal will be of interest to ecducators who are interested in the history of moving image and broadcast television.  Each article is available as a PDF download. 

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Why Open Education Matters

Why Open Education Matters | Video for Learning | Scoop.it

"Today Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Institute launch the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition. The competition will award cash prizes, provided by the Open Society Institute, of up to $25,000 for the best short videos that explain the use and promise of free, high-quality open educational resources and describe the benefits and opportunities these materials create for teachers, students and schools."


A wonderful creative opportunity for educators and students to make videos that promote the use of high quality open educational resources. I am sure this initiative will create some wonderful reusable video resources and spread the word on the value of open educational resources.


I can't think of  any  good reason not to enter, nor can I wait to view the submissions. More info here.

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