Engaging Students with Video

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David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,888 pages and 20,185,651 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on Linkedin.com and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon. Thank you for visiting. You may contact David Spencer here.

The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Engaging Students with Video

Note: This workshop was presented by David Spencer to secondary school and outdoor educators on Friday September 14, 2014.

Step One

  1. Please set up an education themed Login for the following:
    * Youtube (Google)
    * EduBlogs
    I recommend that you select an educational username that reflects you and/or your teaching site or subject.
  2. If the web browser you are using is slow or not working properly, download and use the Google Chrome web browser.

Step Two: Assembling a YouTube Playlist

  1. Searching for videos
  2. MyChannel
  3. Creating Playlists and organizing videos
  4. Adding Videos to Your Playlist

Step Three: Setting up Your Edublog

  1. The CMS (Content management System) of Edublogs is Wordpress used worldwide by education and industry. The dashboard control panel is the same.
  2. naming your blog.
  3. Choosing a theme.
  4. Writing your first post.
  5. Editing your post.
  6. Changing a post date and time published.

Step Four: Embedding Videos

  1. Embedding videos into your EduBlog.
  2. Modifying the display size of a video.
  3. Adding a caption to a video.
  4. Writing a description and instructions.

Step Five: Sharing and Promoting Your Blog

  1. Sharing the URL with students
  2. Sharing your blog and videos on social media

Step Six: Feedback

  1. Please complete this online survey of today's workshop.

Follow on Twitter to help with your Videos and Blogging

  1. @Edublogs
  2. YouTube
  3. @TeachingChannel


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  2. Finding the next generation of talented video educators with YouTube Next EDU Guru and apply now.
  3. YouTube Education Channel
  4. Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall
  5. The Teacher’s Guide To Using YouTube In The Classroom
  6. 100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers
  7. Web 2.0 tools for differentiated instruction A video presenting some examples of how teachers can use web tools to differentiate their instruction
  8. Using Youtube for Teaching" SlideShare presentation by Donal O' Mahony from Dublin, Ireland
  9. Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us video
  10. Educating Essex Full Length Advert - Channel 4
  11. DNA Learning Centre
  12. 21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada
  13. ClassroomVideo.com Video purchasing service.

Other Video Providers

The following organizations and companies offer video services. Some provide resources for you to embed the video into your blog.

  1. CBC Digital Archives
  2. Discovery Channel video
  3. How Stuff Works video
  4. NFB: National Film Board of Canada video
  5. National Geographic video
  6. TeacherTube video
  7. TVO: TV Ontario video
  8. Vimeo video

Online Web Site Building Software

There are a number of ways to take the code for a YouTube video and embed (insert) the video into your web site. The following are a few suggestions to guide you through this process.

  1. Select an online Web Site Builder. David Spencer recommends you select EduBlogs, Wordpress or Weebly.