Are you an educator fascinated with creating videos that feature great content, are available on popular media sites (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo), and feature YOU as the chief learning strategist and interpreter? What’s more, new tools make it easy to annotate videos. Annotating videos involves layering text, links, and comment bubbles into an existing video.
Note: This is a shortened, improved version of the blog entry appearing here at TCEA.org/blog
5 Video Annotation Tools
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Here are a few tools you can use as a teacher to enhance interactivity with video content:
- YouTube has built-in annotation tools, including speech bubbles, spotlight (highlighting areas in a video), adding text notes, titles, and labels.
- EdPuzzle makes it straightforward to add notes and assessments to videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion and others. This enables understanding checks. There’s also an iOS app you and/or your students can use.
- VideoAnt, a web-based video annotation tool, also allows for annotations or comments to web-hosted videos.
- This online annotation tool, Swivl’s Recap, is a student response and reflection app. Teachers can prompt students to respond to questions and students respond in video via their mobile device of choice. Watch this overview of Recap via TeacherCast.
- Flipgrid works a little differently from the tools above, empowering you to create video-based discussion groups. The teacher posts videos and students respond to those. The “video group” can be passworded via a pin code, and then made accessible online via a web site.
3 Student VideoNotes Tools
Looking for tools that allow your students to take notes about videos? Check out this blog entry by Richard Byrne. In it, he highlights these tools:
- VideoNot.es and TurboNote are two tools that allow you to take notes off to the side of the video.
- Vialogues, not unlike Flipgrid, allows you to create conversations that revolve around a video.
“I told you so.” The words popped into my head as soon as I read the headline this morning on my phone. Those annoying 4 words are for everyone I told to switch from YahooMail to something else, anything else. Of course, I promptly flushed those words in the toilet. Who wants to hear they were wrong? I get it. We all cling to technologies that we’ve grown familiar with, that, perhaps, we began our digital journey with.
Still, after seeing several people have their Yahoo accounts hacked through no fault of their own, I realized that Yahoo was just a way for bad people to get access to your contact lists, your username, and password.
A recent investigation by Yahoo! Inc. has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers…Yahoo believes that information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen
You can check to see if you’ve been “hacked” or “pwned” online via this aptly named web site at https://haveibeenpwned.com/
Engadget reports the following good news for GoogleDocs users:
the Drive team added a couple more often-requested features to the product today, including: autocorrect for misspelled search terms, the ability to split documents into multiple columns and an auto-save feature that creates a copy whenever importing and converting non-Google formats.
Sure enough, you can find it quite easily:
One neat feature is that you can highlight the content on the page and format it in two columns, as shown below:
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How long have you been waiting for GoogleDocs to include columns?
Earlier this evening, during dinner in fact, friend and colleague Dana Bickley asked via Twitter:
At first, I thought, “Wow, why can’t you do this with IFTTT.com?” But then Dana clarified….this is a chat that took place in the past. I’ve often used IFTTT.com in combination with OneNote, Evernote, or GoogleSheets to capture tweets as they happened (I set it up ahead of a twitter chat).
What was interesting was how to capture tweets from a past twitter chat? One approach that I stumbled upon–after running into various services that wanted to charge me for the service –was Twitter Archiving Google Sheets (TAGS), which is completely free and runs as a GoogleSheets add-on. Watch this video tutorial.
As you might guess, I took advantage of the easy version (TAGS v6.1). And, to be honest, it was pretty easy. You can watch a video about TAGS:
Here are the steps I followed:
- Clicked on Get TAGS v6.1 – This will open up a copy of a GoogleSheet and add the TAGS scripts. In a moment, you’ll see it:
- Be sure to SETUP TWITTER ACCESS, add your hashtag search term (use the dropdown to select something different).
- Be sure to RUN NOW! and then add summary and dashboard…you’ll get awesome data like:
|You can see the published GoogleSheet online here.|