by Samuel Sennott
YouTube is very likely blocked at your school. No the debate on viral video will not ensue. Instead we focus on application of YouTube in general and special education, specifically as a way for teachers of AAC users to help build background knowledge and to provide writing motivation. Let’s discuss both why we want to use YouTube videos in writing and how to download those videos in YouTube is in fact blocked where you are.
Students will be successful if they have a good accessible writing setup, writing strategy instruction, and the motivation to express themselves. YouTube videos can be a powerful way to engage students. Creating that feeling of “I just have to say something” may be elicited by the very funny videos of Gizmo Flushes or Eating Insects. Yet, others may be amazed by the Painting Elephant. Yet, others may be interested in sharing about the National Geographic Video Stream or the Discovery Channel’s. Maybe your more sophisticated students might like to email a friend about the Museum of Modern Art’s YouTube Video Stream. The goal of all of this is to provide fuel for the writer, inspiring them to pick up their pencil, click away at the keyboard, or use their alternative pencil.
So, check out some videos we have screened the old fashioned way, by watching them. http://otot.wikispaces.com/Writing+Setups
Here are the directions (with screenshots) for how to download YouTube Videos for free:
Download the PDF:downloading-youtube-videos
Goal: To create a library of downloaded videos that can be used to build background knowledge or be written about.
GECO Your Way to Downloading and Using YouTube Videos in Education
- Go to www.zamzar.com with your videos URL address.
- Enter the URL of the video you want to convert
- Convert the video to your preferred movie format using http://www.zamzar.com
o We like .mpg for use with PowerPoint!
- Open up and insert your movie into the video connection PowerPoint template, found at https://alltogether.wordpress.com/2008/06/05/downloading-youtube-videos-for-education or use the preferred software of your choice. (ICS, Clicker, etc.)
o Modify the template with a title, etc.
o Insert your video in the right spot. Resize as necessary.
o Make sure to cite the URL on the back page.
Here is a PowerPoint template that you can use for student to write about the videos you download.
Download the PowerPoint Video Connection Template: videoconnectiontemplate52908
So have fun and get motivated this summer with YouTube, even if it is blocked at your school!
Installation of Richard Serra’s sculptures at MoMA
by Samuel Sennott
I have had creating a video guide to using a step switch on one of my someday/maybe task lists for a few weeks now. I meant to do this in response to how much trouble people have with using this device, especially when they are learning about both the old and new styles. I was very pleased to stumble upon a set of how-to-videos that highlight a number of Ablenet products. I think this is a terrific resource for AAC or AT labs in SLP, Special Education, AT, OT, and any other teacher training programs that benefit from clear and easily shared training resources. Thanks Ablenet! Click the link or image to play the video.
Step-By-Step with Levels Video
Here is the link to the How-to-Videos page on the Ablenet site: http://store.ablenetinc.com/press/multimedia.aspx
by Samuel Sennott
Definitely the link to send your principal, director, or superintendent if you are trying to purchase Flip Video cameras for your classroom next year. David Pogue of the NY Times reviews it in a fun, hilarious way that demonstrates both the phenomenon and the practicality of the Flip Video.
Also, here’s the companion article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/20/technology/personaltech/20pogue.html?_r=1&oref=slogin