Archive for April, 2008

Week 8: Sharing Video

April 29, 2008

After hours of work I finally succeeded in getting video up and into my blog…whew!! Freevlog was very useful. I still need to learn a lot more about Movie Maker but it doesn’t seem impossible to figure out.

I also spent a lot of time trying to do a subtitled version. I did succeed in the end but the English ended up in the place the Swedish was supposed to be and vice versa. I also failed to embed the code but clicking on subtitled version will take you there! I can imagine a lot of uses for dotSUB.


April 25, 2008

Vodpod videos no longer available. from posted with vodpod

April 23, 2008

Websites to find video (Note- not all videos on these sites are usable in OER):

Vidipedia   – the free video encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Video Lectures  – On demand and free video from the worlds leading scientists. The main purpose of the project Videolectures.Net is to provide free and open access to high quality video lectures presented by distinguished scholars and scientists from many fields. The portal is aimed at promoting science, exchanging ideas and fostering knowledge sharing by providing high quality content to the scientific community and the general public. I had a bit of a problem because there was a blip in the code (an extra space had worked its way into the example).

TeacherTube – Videos for teachers by teachers. TeacherTube’s goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill. The service is free for everyone. When I tried to put in a video from this site I had to install a WordPress buttom in the menu. It worked well after that so I didn’t have to follow the complicated instructions that I found on the site.  – Old style videos, with an increasing number of new ones. The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form providing free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.  – Took a long time to load. Didn’t seem to work very well.

Sclipo  – Broadcast your skills. I didn’t quite understand what all this was about.

Expert Village – How to videos. Their mission is to build a world-class repository of how-to videos and articles featuring advice from recognized experts in their fields.

YoutubeYouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and e-mail. Everyone can watch videos on YouTube. People can see first-hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual. By registering, users are able to upload and share videos, save favorites, create playlists, and comment on the videos. YouTube is building a community that is highly motivated to watch and share videos. The YouTube service is free and will be supported by advertising.     

Sutree – Collecting how to videos from many other sites. SuTree is a knowledge community and an aggregator of instructional and educational videos.

Graspr– Instructional videos

Scivee – Research published on video

Videojug – Explaining videos

Making video more accessible  Dotsub for making subtitles. This is useful for reaching people who don’t have broadband, or who can’t hear, or who need it in text.

Tutorials for making videos  – Windows and Macintosh. This was an incredibly useful site!!!!!

KinoDV – Editor for GNU Linux. This is too advanced for me!

Websites to remix videoThis didn’t seem to be accessible from my computer. With the necessary bandwidth, web based editors can solve the problem of not having video editing software on your own computer.

I found this wonderful site with the hundred best tools.


Week 7: Sharing Audio

April 17, 2008


 I can’t believe how many hours I have spent on this blogpost! First of all I would like to apologise about using the view from my desk instead of the view from my window. I work at two different work stations, one at home and one at work, and these two work stations don’t always communicate or have the same capabilities. I got the idea of using the little camera I have perched on my computer at work for web meetings to take a picture from my office. That didn’t work, but taking a picture of the notice board above my desk did. I was quite impressed with the quality.

To listen to the sound file you will have to click on “sound”. The sound will come and after my text you will have some very beautiful music to listen to, so be patient! It is interesting that it was only when I had something concrete like my friend’s improvisations to a well known 60’s song that I began to think about the consequences of copyright law.  In the first seconds of this piece of music you can recognise the song, but I’d say about 90% of the music is improvisation that has nothing to do with the original music. As I understand it publishing this here is probably breaking copyright law. Unfortunately my technical skills are so limited that I couldn’t just cut out the part that is recognisable.  

The most important thing about podcasting and rss feeds is that the podcasts can easily become mobile. That is something that I haven’t tried but I bet it would make my time at the gym more interesting. Well, speaking of the gym, I off! 

More on copyright in education.


Week 6: Taking and Sharing Pictures

April 10, 2008

Tulips from Holland, 2008

One thing led to another when I was trying to complete this lesson about taking pictures. I spent hours hunched over my computer trying to figure things out. I have had a certain amount of success but one thing that I have learned is that I need a new camera! It is worrying that I can’t replicate things that I previously have succeeded in doing. One reflection that I have had is that I wish that I still had students because all of these tools would make it really easy to put together exciting lessons.  

I did not succeed in uploading my pictures to Wikimedia but I did succeed with Flickr.