BBC Biggest Bangs – Interactive Chemistry Experiments on Video
Jul31

BBC Biggest Bangs – Interactive Chemistry Experiments on Video

BBC Brit’s Biggest Bangs is a interactive experience where you get to mix dangerous chemicals with explosive results behind the safety of your screen. The site uses an interactive YouTube video with annotations to provide different reactions depending on the chemicals that you select. This would make a great resource to use in class, or for a homework task. The children can choose a chemical to start off with and then select a second...

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ViewPure – Watch YouTube Videos Without the Clutter
Aug25

ViewPure – Watch YouTube Videos Without the Clutter

View Pure is a great way to show YouTube clips in class without all the on-screen clutter and dodgy comments. I’ve written about ViewPure in the past, but the site has had a revamp and is worth another blog post! Basically you go to ViewPure website, enter the URL of a YouTube video, or do a search, and it then displays the video on a class-friendly page without any of the on-screen clutter. ViewPure removes all comments, ads,...

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YouTube launches a library of free-to-use music
Sep27

YouTube launches a library of free-to-use music

If you are looking for music tracks to use in class projects such as presentations, photo slideshows and podcasts, then it can be tricky to find songs that you can use that are not subject to some form of copyright. This makes it a problem if you want to share your project online, and it gets taken down by YouTube for copyright infringements. To help with that, YouTube have just released a library of tunes that you can freely download...

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Embed YouTube Videos into Smart Notebook with this new Widget
Jan30

Embed YouTube Videos into Smart Notebook with this new Widget

Brand new to the Smart Exchange is a little widget which will let you embed HTML into a Smart Notebook 11 page. This includes YouTube embed codes, but should also let you use other html codes as well. You can download the Embed Widget Here. From that page, download and save the file. In Smart Notebook 11, click on the Gallery tab,Right Click on My Content and a drop down menu should pop up, like this: Click on Add to My Content, find...

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Blubbr : Create and Play Quizzes from YouTube Videos
Dec28

Blubbr : Create and Play Quizzes from YouTube Videos

Blubbr is a new, free, website that lets you create and play quiz games from YouTube videos. The site calls these “Trivs”. You can play trivs in different categories, from celebs and music to sport and education. These trivs can then be shared with anyone across the internet. For example, here’s a video quiz about the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Once you’ve watched a short piece of video, the first question will...

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How to embed YouTube clips into PowerPoint
Oct11

How to embed YouTube clips into PowerPoint

When I want to share a YouTube video in a presentation I will usually hyperlink direct to the YouTube page of the video, but the problem with that method is a lot of teachers don’t want to display any of the other stuff on the video page, such as comments and adverts. Embedding the video directly into their PowerPoint slide gets round that issue since you are only showing the video itself. In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 you should...

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Explania – instructional animations
Feb03

Explania – instructional animations

Explania is a website which contains loads of animated explanations, interactive tutorials and instructional videos. The site covers a wide range of topics from “What is Twitter?” to “The Human Heart” as well as software guides for MS Office and more. For example How to apply conditinal formatting in Excel 2007 It even tries to explain the offside rule in football: What is offside in football? – Explania...

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YouTube for Schools Launches
Dec13

YouTube for Schools Launches

Following on from Septembers launch of YouTube for Teachers, comes the launch today of YouTube for Schools. YouTube for Schools “lets schools access free educational YouTube videos while limiting access to other YouTube content. Students can learn from more than 400,000 educational videos, from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED, and from up-and-coming YouTube partners with millions of views. Schools can also...

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YouTube Launches New Site for Teachers
Sep21

YouTube Launches New Site for Teachers

Teachers who love YouTube will be interested to know that today YouTube have launched a channel specifically aimed at teachers : http://www.youtube.com/teachers. It contains guides on how to use YouTube in the classroom, as well as curated video playlists that will be suitable for teachers to use. For teachers who have yet to really use YouTube it’s a great place to start. Experienced users may still learn something new. You can...

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Access YouTube Videos Without the Clutter
Jul15

Access YouTube Videos Without the Clutter

One of the problems with using YouTube videos with a class (once you’ve got past the problem of getting your school to agree to give access to YouTube) is that invariably the clip will be accompanied by comments below it, many of which might be unsavory. There’s also links to other videos and banner advertisment, all of which may be distracting to the students. There are several ways that you can access YouTube videos...

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YouTube Create: Easy Digital Storytelling
Mar24

YouTube Create: Easy Digital Storytelling

Now it is even easier to create content for YouTube without even needing a video camera or webcam. YouTube has just launched ‘YouTube Create‘ a new portal pulling together three great animation tools: GoAnimate, Stupeflix, an Xtranormal, each of which lets you ‘build’ custom videos featuring virtual avatars, custom speech, and more. All three would be excellent resources to support digital storytelling. From the YouTube...

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Channel 4 / YouTube Dream Teachers Competition
Mar22

Channel 4 / YouTube Dream Teachers Competition

Jamie Oliver/Channel 4 have teamed up with YouTube to find Britain’s most engaging real-life dream teachers.Often, the best teaching goes unnoticed and unrewarded. To bring that teaching out into the world, Channel 4 is asking you to share your skills with the world via YouTube. If you have a great approach to teaching a tough topic, make a video and post it up. The video doesn’t have to be professional quality, it’s...

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