Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to link to a YouTube video in full screen mode.

Get the "big screen" experience
Don't you hate the busy screen you see when you show a clip to your class? Wouldn't it be great to be able to get a link to just the video itself?  

There are two ways to do this.
1) Copy the URL of the video from your browser address bar, and replace watch?v=  with v/ . This will force the video to load in full browser page mode.
or 2) find the Youtube video you want to share, click on the "embed" tab to see the html code, copy the link from the https up to the ?rel= . (see below)
In both cases, the resulting link will load the video, completely filling your browser window without related videos or other distractions.Try it with a clip you want to share!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Using Video Effectively in the Classroom

Be an active and reactive viewer
"When it comes to video, students shouldn't just get it; they should also have something to say about it. Students need to be active and reactive viewers -- comprehending and critiquing, reading and reacting, getting and giving knowledge. [On this site] you'll find great tools, tips, and strategies for helping to foster both of these essential media-literacy skills."

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Try Green Screen in Miniature

Doing it "tiny" : Green Screen on a small scale
Video explanation and demo, screen shots and parts lists, ideas and apps, a movie set in a pizza box:

"Traditional Green Screen MovieMaking can be overwhelming involving setup, equipment and even software. Thanks to the iPad, we can bring this editing process down to a manageable size for use in the classroom. The smaller scale also provides for quick and easy setup/breakdown of equipment and supplies when you have multiple classes or limited space in your classroom."


How to make 1000's of Versions of an Exam Using Moodle

"Sometimes you just need to test..."
"This video explains how to make thousands of versions of the same exam using  Moodle, a learning management system that is used by many schools across the world."