Scenario 4 – I found this great movie on the web last night that I’d like to share with my students. How can I make sure we can view it tomorrow without worrying about blocked sites, inappropriate suggested content, or network issues?
I hear this question all the time. Thankfully YouTube is not blocked in our elementary schools in York, because this truly can be a great educational resource when the teacher is doing the searching. It is however, blocked in many school districts around the country. Network issues, slow bandwidth or connectivity can be an issue when trying to present a video as well. Luckily there are a few things you can do as long as you plan ahead.
Many websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Animoto and other digital presentation sites allow users to share a presentation. This doesn’t just mean that you can copy a link and email it to somebody. Many of these sites also offer an embed code. An embed code, is a bunch of HTML language that when formatted correctly translates into the YouTube movie, or Animoto presentation that you saw. (Don’t worry, you do not need to know anything about HTML coding in order to use this feature.) The great thing about the embed code is that it allows you to stream this video from a website you own or author. That means as soon as somebody visits your site and clicks on the play button, it will play (stream) directly on your web page. This is especially great for teachers. The site YouTube may be blocked in your school, however, streaming a video on your own web page may be the answer. (At least make a case to your tech. administrator.) You can also eliminate the recommended videos at the end of the video you’re sharing that could lead to inappropriate content for younger eyes in schools. Below is a quick tutorial on how to embed a YouTube video into First Class web page builder and iWeb.
Sometimes due to network issues, blocked material, or lack of Internet connectivity, adding a video to your web page just doesn’t work. In these cases you need to save the video to your computer so that you can view it off-line. There are some great ways to save a video. From a YouTube page, you can simply type the word “save” before the words YouTube in the long URL address (i.e. http://www.saveyoutube.com/3leh3408%#$). This will send you to another web site that will allow you to download a YouTube video in several formats.
Another great web site for saving videos from web pages is zamzar.com. Zamzar allows you to paste the URL address into a window, and convert this into many different media formats. Better yet, it will email you when it’s done and ready for you to download. Savevideo.me also allows the user to do this with some videos from different web sites. DiscoverEducation.com also allows users with subscriptions to save their videos directly to their computer instead of just streaming them from their web site.
Saving videos from the Internet can be extremely helpful when you have a presentation to give. You can then drag the video into a Prezi, Keynote, Hyperstudio, or PowerPoint presentation. It also allows a speaker or educator the ability to share the video without the use of connecting to a network or the Internet. So, if you have the time to plan ahead, you may want to try one of these strategies above. We hope this helps, and if you have any comments or advice, please do not hesitate to share them. We’d love to hear of other ways you have found to share and download videos from the net.