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Chop your Videos!

We have spent a lot of time on our blog talking about how valuable YouTube can be in higher education—from searching YouTube EDU for educational videos from universities and educational institutions all over the world to having students create and post their own original videos to YouTube. YouTube is a great way to integrate education with the power of social media to reach audiences all over the world. Today, we are sharing a free web-based tool that will increase the functionality of YouTube.

It’s called TubeChop and it gives users the ability to trim any YouTube video. You can now select a specific clip from a YouTube video and share it in the same ways you would with original YouTube videos.

Simply search for your YouTube video, choose to Chop It, and drag the bars to capture the portion of the video you want to keep. Then click Chop It, and you will be provided with a link, an embed code, and other sharing options (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

TubeChop is just one of the many apps and free web tools that integrate with YouTube, increasing its functionality for you! Be sure to follow our blog for more new and free web-based tools!

5 ways you can use…Camtasia Relay!

Lecture capture is a revolutionary tool that facilitates communication in learning, which makes it particularly valuable for higher education. If you are looking for a tool to increase student accessibility to lectures, class materials, or any other information you provide them with, Camtasia Relay is the tool for you. By capturing your screen and voice/other audio, Camtasia Relay offers educators the ability to record lectures, presentations, or demonstrations. Here are 5 ideas to get you started:

  1. Use Camtasia Relay to record “how-to” videos for navigating through computer programs or useful websites you wish to share with your students or colleagues.
  2. Record and capture your lectures to share online with students for online courses, or if you are sick and unable to hold class.
  3. If you teach an online course, have students remain interactive with the class by using Camtasia Relay to narrate and capture their presentation. This way, they will be able to present and share their projects with the class.
  4. Record web-conferences or web-meeting to utilize for future reference.
  5. Provide individual feedback to students by recording your assessment of their papers. Go through making comments, and then share the screencast with them to review.

Camtasia Relay provides educators with the opportunity to share lectures and supplemental materials for students to view outside of class, keeping them connected. Explore the different ways Camtasia Relay can be integrated in your classroom, whether it is recording a narrated journey through the web or simply recording lectures so students have the ability to go back and review key concepts. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Explore these “Smart” videos!

Recently, I came across a website I cannot get enough of. Snag Learning is a website full of films about almost any topic imaginable from some of the most respected organizations including National Geographic and Sundance. These videos are different from other web-based videos because they are full-length, free to view and share, and perfect for viewers from middle school to college. Users can search for videos by subject, education level, or even channels. From looking into the reality of the genocide in Darfur, to the possibilities of genetic cloning, to Morgan Spurlock’s famous Supersize Me, these videos will definitely open the eyes of students to what is going on in the world around them.

Check out Snag Learning this summer when you have some time, and you may find yourself spending the day watching film after film.

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Get on-board the Twitter train

When Twitter first came out, some people loved it and some loved to not like it. Is it necessary to be so infatuated with a person that you want to know their every thought? Well, Twitter has evolved to something beyond reading about how celebrities feel about last night’s episode of The Bachelor. Twitter is being used by professors at universities all over the world, and is really proving itself to be an effective communication tool.

With its free cost and growing popularity, Twitter can be used by professors to communicate with students and promote more involvement and interaction with class material. Make announcements, brainstorm topics, share websites and information, or follow current events and leaders across the world.

In addition, apps can be used in conjunction with Twitter to facilitate communication between group projects, poll others for feedback, keep notes and tweets together, and much more. Twitter boasts a variety of tools, apps, and opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Check out the links below for more tips on how to integrate Twitter into your classes.