Tag Archives: YouTube EDU

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!

Add some pizzazz to your lectures!

Ahh yes, February. The days are short, the weather is dreary, and the only thing that may be on the minds of your students is the fact that there is only one month until spring break. It’s that time of the semester where you may find yourself going above and beyond in an effort to stimulate your students.  We have put together a list of things you can do to add a little pizzazz to your lectures and keep your students motivated and focused!

  • If you are tired of using PowerPoint as your go-to presentation tool, check out Prezi. This free web-based tool will put a unique twist on your presentations and still allow you to add images, videos, and more!
  • To get students more involved in your lecture and keep them focused, try TurningPoint! Each student has their own clicker and can directly respond to questions and you will be provided with instant feedback!
  • Check out TED.com for speeches across the world on any subject you could imagine-a TED video could be a great addition to your lecture! If you like the idea of using educational videos to enhance your lectures, check out Snag Films, Academic Earth, or YouTube EDU for some more great videos.
  • If you like to walk around your classroom during lectures (or like to roam around making sure students aren’t spending the hour browsing Facebook) try out Engage. This tool is an extension of your computer and lets you navigate whatever is on the screen from anywhere in the classroom!