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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Creating an Interactive Table of Contents for YouTube Videos

In the previous post I show you how to create differentiated Choose Your Own Adventure Videos using YouTube. That video is kind of long... 10:44. Perhaps you didn't need to know how to create a YouTube Channel... or maybe you wanted to skip ahead to the part on adding free music.

This post will walk you through how to use YouTube Annotations to create an interactive table of contents at the beginning of a video. This way viewers can see all the topics you'll cover and then skip to the content they're most interested in seeing without having to scrub through the timeline and potentially skipping other important parts.

Hope to see more videos come out like this - it would definitely save me a ton of time :)!

Creating Choose Your Own Adventure Instructional Videos

In other posts I've talked about Cloning the Teacher through differentiated screencasts. But what if the assessment and differentiation were automated as part of the video? Using YouTube annotations, you can embed quiz questions into the video itself and by clicking on the answer, the student is led to either a re-teach or challenge video.

This has been super helpful for my students and colleagues. While not everyone works in a district where YouTube is open to kids, families are incredibly appreciative of quality instructional content for their child to access at home. These videos are easy to create and quickly build up to a collection for you to use for years to come!

Check out this tutorial I created to help you get started :)!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Still here... and there!

Hello readers,

I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the past few months... it's been a busy winter! Some reasons I've been so bad at posting here:

  • Some of my time has gone to supporting other projects - i.e., supporting schools and districts through speaking and workshops or being on a team to help review and update the National Educational Technology Plan (NETP). (Note: If you haven't had a chance to take a look at the last update of the NETP, from 2010, you definitely should. There are a ton of great ideas and stories in this document to help you lead your digital initiatives in your school or district.)
  • The rest of my time has been in our schools, working with teachers and students to leverage devices!
However, don't worry - I haven't abandoned this blog! I will be sharing more stories about my students, our classrooms and digital learning tips. I just wanted to check in to let you know I'm still here and to thank you for reading!

Smiles :),
Jennie