Category Archives: Distributed Video

YouTube = TeacherTube

Couple of articles relating to video upload and sharing for education purposes.

The first is a very brief article on youTube which mentions the possible learning teaching benefits.

A Teacher’s Tour of YouTube
By Chris O’Neal

“One critical issue to keep in mind when sharing and discussing these videos with your students is media literacy, including general Internet reliability. Are the videos truly what they say they are? Might some of these clips violate copyright? What constitutes “good” video?

My main concern in using any of these video sharing sites is that what makes it so powerful is also what makes it a tricky tool to use with ease. There are great discussions and commentary on many of the video clips, but those discussions are, for the most part, completely unfiltered and only mildly moderated. However, using and showing YouTube clips, then having your own classroom discussion about the clips, is an incredibly robust classroom tool. Working with students to create and upload their own videos is an even more powerful application. “

Full article

By Chris O’Neal

The second article announces the launch of TeacherTube. This is basically a riff on YouTube which allows educators (mainly US school sector) to upload videos. Same basic functionality as YouTube in that videos can be embedded, commented on, tagged and shared. Only launched ion Marsh, but already popular. It will be interesting to see how it progresses.

I’ve found a few interesting examples ranging from 3D simulations, practical workshops through to straight forward to talking to the camera.

Obviously there’s more in the site itself (TeacherTube). Click on the ‘Top Rated’ heading to list the most popular videos.

Dr. Altman: Building a Laser Show Part 1

Literature Circles (straightforward talking to the camera)

Human Heart and Blood Flood

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EDIT: I accidentally played all 3 videos at once. Apart from a surreal experience I couldn’t help wonder if this could be extended to education? For example a staff member talking to the screen and thus making eye contact as they narrate the contents of a second (or third!) video.

Web’s second phase puts users in control

Steve O’Hear (Guardian)

God introduction to web 2.0 or I should say e-learning 2.0 technology. The main focus is on using weblogs, video blogs (youTube) and image annotation (flickr).

A great introduction.

“The “new” web is already having an impact in class, as teachers start exploring the potential of blogs, media-sharing services, and other social software, which, although not designed specifically for e-learning, can be used to empower students and create exciting new learning opportunities. These same tools allow teachers to share and discuss innovations more easily and, in turn, spread good practice.”

This is a fantastic illustration of how to use Flickr in terms of image annotation. I’ve quoted it in full since it make good reading as a whole.

“Flickr (, a web service that has already had various mentions in this journal, makes it very easy to publish and share images, with many possible uses – from being a place where students can publish and discuss digital photography to a way for students to find images relevant to a particular subject for use in their coursework.

It also has a lesser-known feature that has many potential uses for teaching and learning: the ability to add annotations to an image. Once an image has been published on Flickr, users can draw hotspots on the image and then attach a note to those hotspots. Then, whenever a user moves their cursor over any of the hotspots, the annotations appear.

Beth Harris, director of distance learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, has used Flickr to enable her students to annotate and discuss a series of paintings as part of an online art history course.

“The problem when you teach online is that you can’t, for example, point to a part of a painting in the way you would in a face-to-face classroom,” she says. “So it occurred to me that I could use Flickr’s annotation function to have students engage more directly with the work of art itself.””

So I’ve given this a go myself and annotated an image of myself and Paul Hudson meeting in Second Life. The image was uploaded to flickr late last year. I added the annotations to today. Click on the image* and (move your mouse cursor over the characters in the image. *you’ll be taken straight to Flickr.

Second life LTDU meeting close up

This is a great feature for projects and field work. Imagine students talking photos with their mobile phone cameras and uploading them to flickr. They can then add further information through using the annotation feature. A further aspect is of course you can embed your images stored on Flickr into your blog (which is what I’ve done above, but note the annotations are not carried across).

So on to video blogging (via youTube).

From the article “…students were asked to research and produce a three-minute video blog entry on a new media technology of their choice – anything from the fashionable social networking website MySpace to MP3 players like the iPod.

“This meant they would not only be researching new media but also using it and, hopefully, get a better grasp of what it is and how it works,” says Fraser.”

“…each finished production was uploaded and published on the video-sharing website YouTube where it can be viewed and commented on by the wider YouTube community. Students were then required to re-publish their YouTube-hosted video on their own Blogger-based class weblog, a process that involves cutting and pasting a snippet of code from one service to the other.” And there are plenty of examples of this in this blog – most of the embedded videos are added in this manner.

2007 Horizon Report on Future Elearning trends and adoption priorities

The 2007 Horizon Report (EDUCAUSE) has just been released. The report concentrates on specific areas: user-created content; social networking; mobile phones; virtual worlds; new scholarship and emerging forms of publication and massively multiplayer educational gaming. Consideration is also given to key trends, critical challenges and technologies to watch for. A great resource drawn from experts from business, education and industry.

2007 Horizon Report EDUCAUSE, The New Media Consortium (NMC)

Technologies to watch include:

User-Created Content
“Small tools and easy access have opened the doors for almost anyone to become an author, a creator, or a filmmaker.” This includes the likes of wikis (Wikipedia) and distributed video (youTube).
Social Networking
”Social networking may represent a key way to increase student access to and participation in course activities”. For example blogs and blogs which are linked to form a community of people interested in the same sort of ‘stuff’.
Mobile Phones
“From applications for personal safety, to scheduling, to GIS, photos, and video, the capabilities of mobile phones are increasing rapidly, and the time is approaching when these little devices will be as much a part of education as a bookbag.”
Virtual Worlds
“…present the chance to collaborate, explore, role-play, and experience other situations in a safe but compelling way”. For instance Second Life.
The New Scholarship and Emerging Forms of Publication
“New tools and new ways to create, critique, and publish are influencing new and old scholars alike”.
Massively Multiplayer Educational Gaming
“In the coming years, open-source gaming engines will lower the barrier to entry for developers, and we are likely to see educational titles along with commercial ones”.

The report covers each of these in more detail.

View Report

Distributed video learning and teaching examples

As part of putting together some slides on youTube I had a good look for teaching and learning examples on youTube. They’re very few and far between. And given the sheer amount of videos on there (and hence rubbish) hard to find by searching by category. The reason they’re are rare, particularly in terms of educational content is mainly due to the copyright issue. As Robert Wright points out in his post by uploading to youtube you are in effect surrendering copyright to youtube and other users of youtube. I personally do not think youtube and similar distributed video services are right for storing teaching materials such as tutor authored content such as video lectures, we have StudyNet for that (and soon a video streaming server). On the other hand I don’t have an issue with student authored content on youtube since they can use the medium as a showcase for potential employers and online CVs.

Anyway here’s a brief summary of what I’ve found. Please if some one finds some more add them to this blog (if we get enough we could start up a wiki page on youTube examples)..

* MIT sketching (really good). (view)
* UH Digital Animation:student created (view)
* Hand surgery, as told by the patient (view)
* Meniscus Repair Surgery Dr. Allan Mishra (view)

Thanks to Jon Alltree.

The rise of distributed video and vodcasting

As predicted in 2005 (which in itself saw the rise of social networking and user generated content sites) 2006 saw a vast increase in video sharing, most noticeably youTube ( . The fact that anyone can upload a video for others to then share, embed within websites (including blogs) and comment on has created a phenomenon which is both empowering and democratising. This blog already shows examples of embedded video from youtube and UH art and design students use youtube to host their digital animation projects.

This is echoed by Greg Downey on the Educational IT blog: “YouTube is just the latest and most spectacular example of how the democratization of the internet is about to change everything. For education, it seems to me, the populism inherent in the internet means one key thing: Call it student-centered learning, project-based education, constructivist pedagogy–all these related education philosophies and movements finally have a medium to give them genuine momentum.” Full details

Vodcasting is also on the rise with several universities already including short video as part of their podcasts, (check out also Marjorie Brodie’s work in this area also mentioned in this blog).

An article on the eschools news site states: “For instance, at the University of California, Berkeley, students and others all over the world now can access a special account through Apple’s iTunes U, where they can download webcasts of lectures and other events on campus to their desktop, laptop, or portable iPod. Many colleges and universities also have tapped video as a way of reaching out to prospective students, using online tours and other video resources as a recruiting tool to lure students who otherwise might not be able to visit the campus in person.” Recruiting is a particular point here as some UK universities are already using youtube in this manner (Liecester).

Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2006 Part 2

New slides on youTube and Second Life

have recently put together some slides on distributed video (mainly youTube) and virtual worlds (Second Life). They’re not very detailed and do not fully explore teaching and learning issues. However I have included many examples for users to look at.