Saturday, November 29, 2008

Using YouTube Videos in the Classroom; Even if the Site is Blocked!

So you've found some useful videos to use in your classroom on YouTube. You can view them fine at home, only to discover that your school district has decided to block YouTube forcing you to go to plan B.

If this happens to you, there are several things you can do.

First you can check out http://teachertube.com/, which is the YouTube for teachers, but there aren't as many good videos to choose from. It's a great idea, but it needs more users to put up some better content. There are a few organizations who have taken to it, and posted some good historical content, but it might be a struggle to find exactly what you're looking for.

And finally you can use Zamzar (http://zamzar.com/) Zamzar is a file conversion website that can convert almost any type of file to the format you desire. In this case, you can input the URL of the YouTube video you desire and convert it into a format that you can save to your computer or your zip disk/thumb drive and access directly from your computer. Sometimes the files are rather large so I don't recommend emailing it, but you can certainly email the URLs of the videos and convert them from your school's computer.

Zamzar is quite simple. Just have it sent to your school email address and save it there. Hopefully you have a network, because the files are quite large, and it would be easier to share with other teachers.

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7 comments:

Navy Dad said...

Books in the Classroom? Go to Google Books, search for a keyword or phrase and click on the pulldown "Showing Full view only." Now click on a search result that may allow you to read, search and download a copy of the book in pdf.

Plus, you may be interested in my blog post, Navy of the United Colonies, which provides a link to the US Navy Historical Center.

Navy Dad

klkatz said...

Thanks Navy Dad,
Great resource. Google is great... but there's still nothing like relaxing with a good book and a glass of beer now is there... if only we found the time to do it more often.

Ryan said...

thanks! i had heard of sites like this. now i don't have to go searching for them!

klkatz said...

glad to help Ryan. YouTube has become the norm, I'm actually surprised they don't have an education/teacher section which could be used in the classroom and acceptable to districts under another domain.

mr_banwart23 said...

You could download the video at home and have the hard file to use in the future by using keepvid.com.

I don't know what I'd do without that service.

Hope this helps!

Mr. P said...

Another possibility is to have your tech person unblock that video site for you individually so you can use it in class, mhy tech guy has done this before alothough I am not sure what would be easier. Also, I just learned that they have an override code so teachers can usually access sites denied students but right now they are not willing to share it with most staff?
Eric

klkatz said...

Mr. P...
your solution would be great for smaller districts with a "tech guy" in each building.
unfortunately, for larger districts this is not always possible. but it can usually be worth the ask.

thanks for reading.

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