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October 4, 2008
by Sue Waters
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YouTube and Downloading?

In early September EDNA’s Blogging Corner’s forum debated the legalities of downloading YouTube videos because it’s a violation of YouTube’s terms of service to download.

So I was intrigued that Simon and Matthieu information on YouTube states that:

A copy of a YouTube video may be downloaded under section 28 of the Australian Copywrite act provided that the copy is made solely for educational purposes and the YouTube video is not an infringing copy.

Which motivated me to do some detective work!

Australian Copyright Council

First stop the Australian Copyright Council site on legal issues of use of YouTube in Education and teaching.

It does state under certain conditions under the Section 200AB of the Copyright Act can allow an educational institution to download a YouTube video without infringing copyright. I especially like the part that says if you haven’t read the Terms of Conditions and accepted their Terms of Conditions by signing up with YouTube then their conditions are unlikely to be legally binding on you.

Australia’s Smartcopying site

Next I checked Australia’s Smartcopying site which provides a more detailed discussion on Teacher’s use of YouTube. This site explains that the Flexible Dealing Exception of Section 200AB of the Copyright Act may allow the YouTube video to be copied. But it also states that each educational jurisdiction will need to make their own decision on what is permitted by the Copyright Act in light of YouTube’s terms and conditions.

What does this mean? You need to contact your Local Copyright Manager because interpretation may vary between Government and Non-Government schools in each Australian State or Territory. Here are the recommendations for Western Australia.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Safest bet is to make your own decision based on the most accurate information.  Also remember that Copyright laws vary considerably between countries.

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October 1, 2008
by Sue Waters
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Consumption, Creation And Videos!

Image of createI’m really enjoying reading blog posts written by Lina’s University students who are studying to be teachers. The students (in pairs) have to gain expertise in one innovative technology which they share with other students in a hour presentation and by documenting on the class wiki.

How they perceive the benefits/issues of each technology is not unlike most educators new to using technology in classrooms. Besides their Privacy and Security concerns; it seems some technologies they focus on it as an environment of consumption and fail to appreciate it’s importance for creation. No surprise, we’ve all done it. However creation normally provides the greatest learning. Do you learn more from reading a book or writing a reflection on what you learned from the book?

Video As A Resource Compared To Creating Video

Let me give you an example. Matt’s and Simon’s technology was YouTube, Teacher TV and KeepVid.

I know their presentation was excellent from reading Kate’s, Sarah’s, Lauren’s, Justin’s, Denise’s and Lina’s posts. While all these posts discussed locating videos to use in the classroom none highlighted the educational value of students creating and uploading their own videos. According to Lina’s comment Simon did speak about YouTube being a wonderful way to share videos with a more global audience.

Skills for creating movies include:

  • Researching the topic
  • Creating a story board, characters, props and sets
  • Filming the video and editing the movie

During this process students gain a deep understanding of their topic, gain digital literacy skills and can share their projects with a global audience. Dean Groom‘s year 9 students working on a Shakespeare project to create 2 minute Machinima and Kevin’s student Claymation Movies on climate change are excellent examples of the benefits of student’s creating movies using different technologies but similar design principles.

‘How To’ Guides For Creating Videos

There are numerous resources available for educators on creating videos and digital story telling. Here is just a few to get you started.

Silvia Tolisano comprehensive series on digital storytelling:

  1. Part I – Connect, Communicate, Collaborate
  2. Part II – Available tools
  3. Part III – PhotoStory Guide
  4. Part IV – Windows MovieMaker
  5. Part V – Google Maps
  6. Part VI – Voicethreads
  7. Part VII – Mixbooks
  8. Part VIII – Audacity
  9. Part IX – Wordle
  10. Digital Storytelling – Downloadable PDF Files

Alan Levine’s 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story – his 50 Ways to Tell The Dominoe Story illustrates what the same story looks when told using different Web 2.0 tools (he is now up to 63 tools).

FINAL THOUGHTS

How have you used video with your students? What resources do you recommend educators check out to learn more about creating videos with their students? What are your favourite tools for creating videos?

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November 30, 2007
by Sue Waters
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Quick Tips For Videos

Part of my work involves teaching others how to podcast and when it comes to video my advice always is STOP! and LOOK! first before you consider ever creating your own videos. You can spend a lot of time creating videos — I know I spend way too much time creating videos for my podcast site. There is sooooo much content already on the Internet that it is often more efficient to use videos created by others.

I recommend searching 3 main video sharing sites:
1. Google Video

Google Video search results now include videos on lots of other video hosting services (e.g. MySpace, Yahoo!Video), in addition to YouTube’s and their own uploads. This is faster than searching all the video sharing and hosting websites.

2. YouTube

While Google owns YouTube you will obtain different search results when you search both sites using the same search term and YouTube only includes their own uploads i.e. YouTube videos. Also videos on Google Video have not time restriction whereas YouTube videos are restricted to less than 10 minutes.

3. VideoJug

I LOVE VideoJug because:

  • Their main focus is “how-to-do” videos
  • They include a written text of their videos which you could use to develop a series of questions
  • Most of their videos can be downloaded in a range of formats i.e. suitable for an ipod, PSP or mobile phone. However you need to create an account to download their videos.

Thanks Joe for reminding me that VideoJug has videos on “how-to-use” applications such as PowerPoint, create podcasts, use twitter …. check out the list of videos at the bottom of Joe’s post on How to Create a Talking Book. I normally demonstrate their videos using How To A Homie Handshake because everyone has a great laugh.

Once they have located the videos they then learn to:

Embed videos in web sites

Here is the instructions for embedding in:

Download videos

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The idea is they can use the videos in class or play on mobile devices. Some video

sharing sites make it hard to download videos. Also Google Video and YouTube videos are .flv format which means you need to convert to a format suitable to play when downloaded.

NOTE: To download a video you locate on Google Video you need to view the video on its original video sharing web site.

Here are some options:

1. Zamzar

Zamzar is a free online converter that will convert image formats, document formats (e.g. Word, PDF), music formats, video formats (refer to this page for more information on file format).

Once you have located a suitable video you copy the URL of the video and paste it into the URL text box at zamzar.com then press add URL. Now select your video format (choose .avi for PDAs and PCs, mp4 for ipods). Next insert your email address and press convert. You will receive an email within 30 minutes the link to the converted stored at Zamzar and you have 24 hours to download the video (Thanks Darren — you were right).

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2. Free Online FLV converter

vconvert

Sites like Google Video and YouTube use .FLV format for their videos. Online FLV converters are able to download and convert videos into a range of video formats. Once the file is converted you then download from their website.

vConvert.net will convert FLV to formats such as wmv, mov, mp4, mp3, 3gp. Suz recommends vConvert.net because it is a much more reliable flv converter than Vixy which she has found would frequently corrupt a file on longer videos (thanks Suz). Definite benefit is this site provides more conversion options than Vixy but you will need to create an account to use.

Vixy is a free online FLV converter (i.e. this is the video format used by many video sharing web sites) that you can use for downloading and converting videos for PC, ipod and PSP. Once the file is converted you then download from their website.

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3. KeepVid for downloading the video and Super C to convert

Here are the instructions on how use KeepVid and Super C (this is the last resort option because more steps involved). I use Super C all the time for video conversions however it does take time to get used to using.

FINAL THOUGHT

Would love to hear about your experience with videos. What is your favorite video sharing web site(s) for locating videos? Have you got any tips for downloading videos? Where do you like to host your own videos?

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November 10, 2007
by Sue Waters
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These Are My Favourite Tools! What Are Yours?

starVicki Davis (Cool Cat Teacher Blog) did an absolutely amazing post titled Best of the Web: My Most Useful Tools where she shares her most useful websites/tools with her readers — READ IT — I found gems in her post that I had not tried [image by marie-ll]

Vicki also encourages us all to take the time to share our most useful tools because we should be welcoming people new to using the Internet by sharing our tools — so here is my post — hopefully it will be of help for other educators wanting to get involved with elearning.

Blog

Yes I am a bit addicted to blogging because it helps me reflect on my thoughts and interaction with others helps this process in amazing ways.

I like both blogger (easy to use) and edublogs for blogging. If I have interpreted what Vicki is saying regarding Google Blog Search and Blogger I disagree — both Technorati and Google Blog Search look for keywords within the text of the post — I subscribed to tag feeds (e.g. mlearning and mobile learning) from Google Blog Search and my posts always appeared with the feeds (and this blog is not hosted by Google).

Here is my information for those new to blogging and for those more advanced bloggers. Towards the bottom of each page there are some tasks that you can work through to improve your blogging skills — let me know if you decide to work through them so I can drop past your blog and give you encouragement.

If you are using blogs with students I strongly recommend that you check out Clay Burell’s (Beyond School) Blogging Parent’s Letter — fantastic work Clay.

Comics

Why? Because for no other reason than it is fun!!!! I like to use ToonDoo because it is really easy to use (as they made it easy for kids to use) and they have lots of great characters, backgrounds and props that you can use. These are my instructions on how to embed ToonDoo comics into an edublog blog.

Other comic tools I use are Comeeko and Picnik which both allow you to create comics from your own photos. Please note that Picnik is an online photo editing tool that allows you to do a lot more than just create comics.

Del.icio.us

I use del.icio.us to bookmark websites online so that I can refer back to these bookmarked sites from any computer — which for me is a life saver because I use lots of different computers. It also means on any computer I can add bookmarks to my del.icio.us account. Here is my information on how to get more out of using del.ici.ous.

Feed Reader

I use Google reader to subscribe to blogs and RSS feeds. It is really easy to use, and I have a Google Reader gadget on my iGoogle homepage that shows me latest feed. Understanding what is RSS and how to use a feed reader is the most important skill that new people to using online tools need to learn — here is my information on what this is all about if you are not currently using a Feed reader.

Instant Messaging and VOIP

I use Google Talk and Skype for instant messaging (chatting with others) and talking to people (VOIP) using the Internet. If you don’t have a VOIP application, like Google Talk or Skype, on your computer this is a definitely a must – you can talk or chat to anyone, anywhere, using the Internet, at no cost. The benefit of Google Talk is you can search gmail and chat messages for previous conversations — check this out for more explanation.

Ning

Ning is good for those less tech savy, for encouraging discussions, it allows easily embed videos and pictures, and is a place for people to feel comfortable to start out with blogging. etools community is a Ning site I set up for educators to share their etools and tips with each other. Here are my tips for using Ning. Please feel free to join us at etools community.

Online Video

My advice to people on creating videos is it can be time consuming and with so much video content already available on the Internet it may be more effective to use other peoples videos. My favourite sites to search are Google Video, YouTube and VideoJug (VideoJug has lots of great how-to-do videos with written transcripts of each video — thanks Philip Nichols yet again for telling me about this site :) ) Please note even though Google owns YouTube you will get different search results from Google Video and YouTube which is why I search both. Here are my instructions on embedding videos into wikis and into Ning.

Most of my online videos are created using MovieMaker (here is how) and mostly uploaded to Googlevideo. My rule for video is less than 10 minutes whenever possible.

JumpCut is definitely worth using if you need an online video editor – it is like having MovieMaker or iMovie online! You can add titles and effects. Very easy to use (says she who makes movies all the time).

SlideCast and MyPlick are both excellent for syncing audio with powerpoints. Linking audio to the Slidecast from Internet Archives is the hardest aspect — here are my notes on how to do this.

Photos

I use Flickr to share my photos online and to locate photos that I can legally use on my websites (I use flickr creative commons photos which allows me to use the photos provided I acknowledge the original source). fd’s Flickr toys is my favourite tool for doing fun stuff with photos from Flickr — of these toys I use mosaic maker the most because it makes it simple to put together a set of photos.

Podcasting

I host my podcasts at Podomatic but if I need a site for hosting audio that I can link to I use the Internet Archive (I explain here how to link to the audio from the Internet Archive).

My audio podcasts are edited using Audacity (here is how) — I do have a Mac now and Garageband is really good but I still find if you have lots of edits then Audacity is still better.

Most of my video podcasts are edited using MovieMaker (here is how) then converted to .mp4 format using Super C (great for converting from any video format to another video format — here is how) and occasionally use iMovie on my Mac.

Screen capture

I use SnagIt on a daily basis – this is my favourite tool! Yes I know there are free tools like Jing that do similar but SnagIt is definitely better. Don’t care that it costs money – was worth every cent – they let you download and trial this software for a month – give it a go. Thanks Evil Sue for putting me onto this great screen capture software. This is how I create all the great “How-to-do” images for my web sites

Screencasting

A screencast is a digital recording of a computer screen and use these to show how to use online tools. My personal favourite screencast tool is CamStudio — yes I have used Jing but feel Camstudio is better (note I could use SnagIT) — here are my instructions on how to use CamStudio.

Slides

I do use Slideshare to host my powerpoints online but Alan Levine’s use of Slideflickr.com is way more powerful — if you click on the photo in his slide show it displays the notes that he has written under each photo at Flickr and you can read these notes as you watch the slides — if a URL interests you then you can click on the link to open it.

To create slides like Alan has done — instead of saving your powerpoint as a powerpoint you save it as jpeg. Upload the photos to Flickr, add notes to each slide, organise them into a set at Flickr and then use Slideflickr.com to create the slide.

Twitter

Twitter is absolutely my favourite tool for personal learning and social networking — check out this podcast on why (thanks to Alan Levine, Simon Brown, Graham Wegner, Michael Coghlan and Kristin Hokanson for helping me create it — apologies for not thanking sooner but it came out while I was away on the busy conference circuit) and watch Chris Betcher’s video on understanding how twitter works.

Web Browser

My favourite web browser is Firefoxhate having to use Internet Explorer (also use it on my Mac as well). Best aspect is there are lots of cool add ons like a del.icio.us add on that makes my life easier.

Wiki

I love using wikis for my personal learning because I find it a great place to pull all the information together concisely and they are also excellent for encouraging collaborative learning between students. Wikipaces is my favourite because their wiki is very easy to use and they provide excellent customer service. Here is my information on getting more out of using wikis.

FINAL NOTE

Long post — sorry! Blame Vicki :) but it is not the type of post that suits being broken up. Also I encourage all my readers to take up Vicki advice and share your tips (remember to tag with bestoftheweb).