Video is a powerful medium. No doubt about it. Not only does it have an emotional quality to it (that amplifies its impact) but it packs information efficiently. The only catch is that when we show a video to students, we like to sort of narrate it, explain it, or at least provide context. We like to point out important things, ask questions, or make sure that the students get all the connections. Those requirements usually mean that valuable in-class time is required to show video.
There are a couple of new online tools that could help with this dilemma. The first one I found is called Veotag. With this application you can make a table of contents to go with a video (with chapter or topic headings). The video plays side by side with your constructed table of contents. Students can jump to the various parts of the video by clicking on your pre-created links. You can also add notes, tags, and comments to further explain or amplify what’s going on in the video. Your notes and the table of contents display next to the viewing window. As an additional benefit, if you are working with one of your own videos or a student-created video, these veotags are apparently automatically picked up by search engines so you’ll get more search engine traffic to your site by posting veotagged videos.
The other one you might want to try is Bubbleply. With this tool you can add a data layer to run on top of any existing, online video. You can put text comments, images, or links in that data layer. When you’re done, Bubbleply generates a new link. You then send your students to that new link and they’ll see your annotated version of the video. So, with this tool, they will see the video and your comments simultaneously in the same window.
At first I was thinking that these tools could be used to create teacher-annotated content videos so that students could watch them outside of class, even when you’re not there to narrate them. But it occurs to me that they could also be used by students to create their own narrated videos.
Any other ideas?