Are you an educator fascinated with creating videos that feature great content, are available on popular media sites (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo), and feature YOU as the chief learning strategist and interpreter? Did you know you can also link to a particular time in a video or add “hypervideo links” that students can click on while the video is playing? Then you may want to take a closer look at the following tools that make hypervideo linking and annotating videos possible. What is annotation?
Let’s take a look at why annotating and hypervideo linking are so important.
When educators (and students) take advantage of the power of video annotations and hypervideo linking, they make it possible to create a more engaged learning experience for the viewer. That’s important because:
As you might imagine, the more active video learners are while watching, the more they are likely to retain for application.
Let’s explore some free tools you can use to create a more active approach for your students. At the end of this blog, there are also some additional video note-taking tools shared with links to more information.
Did you know that YouTube features built-in annotation tools that you can use on your computer (not mobile)? Google’s YouTube feature provides a variety of annotations, which they elaborate on at their website, including the following:
Introduced to me by Paloma, a Fairfield ISD teacher, EdPuzzle.com is a free Chrome browser add-on (also get this EdPuzzle YouTube Chrome add-on that makes it easy to edit YouTube videos you encounter) that ensures creating videos is a breeze. EdPuzzle also allows you to include embedded assessment, enabling you to view your student’s’ performance on those assessments. Learners of any age can create their own videos, annotations, and assessments. Here are the steps according to EdPuzzle:
What’s more, EdPuzzle also has an iOS app you or your students can use, as described below:
This is great for the blended learning classroom!
“VideoAnt is a web-based video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices,” says the VideoAnt web site. You can “use VideoAnt to add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos.” The VideoAnt website allows you to login with your Google or Facebook account (to name a few), then enter the web address (URL) for a web-based video, such as one hosted by YouTube.
Once you have loaded a video, you are able to add annotations throughout. A neat feature about VideoAnt is that it makes it possible to share your video annotations with a group you create in the VideoAnt web site.
This website create a video-based discussion group, enabling you as the teacher to post videos that students can respond to (again, via video). The “grid” represents your virtual classroom space and comes with secure video conversations. You set the topic via a video you create and then students respond to your topic. As the teacher, you can create a special code that you can share with your students, as well as password protect the grid you have created. You also have moderator rights, preventing students from posting inappropriate content by previewing their video contributions prior to sharing with the whole group. You are also able to embed your video group on a we site. Here’s a quick overview of Flipgrid.
Looking for tools that allow your students to take notes about videos? Check out this blog entry by Richard Byrne. In it, he highlights these tools:
As you consider these tools for video annotation, note-taking, and hypervideo linking, ask yourself, “How could I combine these (a la app smashing) to get a new view or design? More importantly, how could my students use these tools to create academic content and/or reflections on what they are learning together?”