Saturday, January 11, 2014

Become a Video Ninja

Video Ninja – Post 1

Video is a powerful resource in the classroom. Especially in the hands of a skilled teacher. It can engage students in the conversation, and give them a different prospective on a topic that can only be topped by being there first hand.

I was asked once to share some tricks about collecting video, viewing them in the classroom, and storage and distribution. I call these skills "Ninja" skills. It is a secret practice shared by a few teachers, and handed down for the betterment of classrooms. I would like to share a few here today with you, and add to this as a series of Ninja Lessons over the next couple of months.

Let's start with getting video from Youtube. This is a moving target and there have been many ways to make this happen. Youtube is the second largest search engine on the planet. There are a couple of basics tools to download video from Youtube: a browser & an extension or add on. In this example I will use Firefox and three add ons, Download Youtube Videos, DownloadHelper, and MP4 Downloader. This could be done with the chrome browser if you like.

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