Before you upload anything it is important to note that, while the students have consented to having their images published on the Aitken College website, we do not have permission to show them on third-party websites.
Creating and uploading a video is easy, far easier than creating a PowerPoint presentation for example. As a result, they can be an excellent revision tool or they can be used as an independent study exercise in our multi-ability classrooms. If you need more convincing, check out what the inspiring Andrew Douch is publishing here.
Ok, you’ve convinced me. What do I have to do?
Firstly you have to choose a site to host your video. YouTube is ace because everyone knows about it but the kids cannot access it at school, making it fine for revision, no good for in class stuff. The advantage of YouTube is that everyone is familiar with it but, as the other sites work pretty much the same, you won’t have any trouble using them either.
Alternatives to YouTube
Our students have access to TeacherTube and Vimeo while at school so this makes them excellent alternatives. As mentioned above, these work much the same as YouTube although TeacherTube in particular gives you a great deal more control over the hows and whos of your video’s viewing.
Once you have created your video using a digital camera or the webcam on your laptop (or in any other way) and saved it to your drive it is easy to make it available online: choose a hosting site, sign up, click the upload link, browse for your video, adjust the preferences (below) and then click the upload button.
In that big white square in the middle you will see the uploader. If it doesn’t appear (as has happened here) hit the click here link below and it will take you to a page that will work.
Once you have put your video on their it will give you the following options:
You will need to fill in all the fields marked with a star including categorising your video.
Once you have done that you can choose between the following options:
Which is ace because is allows you to choose who can view, comment on, rate and embed your clip.
YouTube also has similar (but much more limited) controls over this depicted below:
And it is that easy: create the video, decide on the site, upload.
Don’t forget to let me know if you have put anything up!