Video Sharing and Digital Storytelling

Video Sharing
You have heard it many times, “We live in a visual age.” I heard this WAAAY back when I was in college and did a project on how people of my generation were visual learners- we were the original MTV generation. Twenty years later, that is still the case, except substitute YouTube for MTV. Videos have been used in education for years, but as purchasing educational DVD’s gets more and more expensive and budgets are slashed, teachers will need to go find alternatives. In Georgia, we are lucky to have access to Discovery Education Streaming, but there are plenty of FREE resources that we can access also. YouTube is the most widely recognized video sharing service in the world with currently 20-30 million visitors a day. Although YouTube is blocked in our county, there are ways to access student appropriate videos using YouTube using a service called Zamzar. Check out this tutorial of the free Zamzar service, which will let you save YouTube videos to your computer and show them when you are offline.

Another video sharing service is TeacherTube (which is not blocked at school), which features more educational focused content. When looking at TeacherTube, your focus should be on thinking of ways you could create and share content with your fellow educators.

Assignment #9A:
Check out both YouTube and TeacherTube.
Search for at least 2 videos that relate to subjects that you teach (making sure that they are appropriate for the grade that you teach.)

Search for at least ONE video that teaches you how to do something (knit, ride a bike, make eggrolls).

Search for one video that is FUN (for me, that might be a Bon Jovi video from my “big hair” days)

YouTube Search tips:
Enter one or more keywords into the YouTube search tool to find videos having those terms in their titles, tags and descriptions.

Check out your results and preview some videos. Also check out related videos.

Click "more" next to a video description to view its tags. Click a tag to see more videos tagged as such.

On the search results page, click Search Options and More Search Options to sort and refine your search results.

Set "safety mode" to filter out "adult" content (not foolproof, but it helps)

Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling is the “art” of telling a story using visuals, whether it is still photos or video. You could consider using a show as a form of digital storytelling. Between video sharing sites, such as YouTube and TeacherTube and the ease of using video equipment such as FLIP video cameras (which we have available for check out in the Rock Spring media center) there are numerous ways that you can incorporate digital storytelling into your teaching. Check out this website on Digital Storytelling in Education from the University of Houston. Play the video on the opening page (hint, press play on the video, then press pause, wait a bit for the video to load, then come back and press play). Also check out a Digital Story that I created to show to our school on the announcements on Veterans Day:

Check out this article for tips on adding Digital Storytelling to your teaching.

Also check out the Wiki :50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story for other examples of digital storytelling and a “how to” of digital storytelling.

Assignment #9B
Write a blog post about how you think you (or your students) could use digital storytelling in your classroom.