Saturday, November 7, 2009

How to Show YouTube Videos In Your Classroom

What should you do if YouTube videos are blocked by your school district?

Try "Kick" YouTube!! (This has been disabled and is no longer in service)

Instead Try Keep Vid. Click here for link: and simply cut & paste the URL code into the search box and choose preferred formatting options.

Catch YouTube is a free tool for converting and downloading YouTube videos. Catch YouTube offers eight formats for video conversion. The video conversions are fairly quick depending on the length of the video.

Convert My Tube is a free service that allows you to convert a video to your choice of eight different formats for use on your local hard drive. To use Convert My Tube, simply enter the url of the video you want converted, select your desired format, and then download the video.

YouTube Snips is another good tool for downloading YouTube videos for use offline. To use YouTube Snips simply enter the the url of your chosen video and download the video in your preferred format. YouTube Snips gives you the choice of three formats, MP4, 3GP, and FLV. In my test of YouTube Snips the download was very quick.

Miro is an open source media player available for Mac and Windows. Miro is kind of like iTunes for user generated video websites. After you install Miro you can download videos from YouTube and other video sharing sites directly from Miro. If there is a particular video producer that you like you can subscribe to the video channel. Each video is saved in your media player until you decide to delete it.

Disclaimer: Downloading content from YouTube can be interpreted as a violation of it's terms of service.

How To Add Hyperlinks To Your Blog

Step 1: Make sure your "New Post" is on the tab "Edit Html" NOT on "Compose"

Step 2: Write the word/phrase/sentence etc. that you want to hyperlink.

Step 3: Highlight the word/phrase/sentence etc. that you want to hyperlink.

Step 4: Click on the small green icon with a chain link on the top menu bar of the space where you are writing your new post.

Step 5: A new window will pop up with "http://" highlighted

Step 6. Add the url coded information that you want to link

Step 7: Publish Post to check if your link works

Check out the link to our SDAWP Multiple Literacies Blog below:

San Diego Area Writing Project

Friday, November 6, 2009

Personalize Your Blogs Using Animoto Videos

Turn your photos & videos into pure amazing.

Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music.



And shockingly easy.

Trust me on this one!

Step 1: Go sign up for an Animoto account.

Step 2: Complete a video using the steps provided on the Animoto video site.

Step 3: Once your video is complete hit the blue button: "Video Toolbox"

Step 4: Hit the "Embed" button

Step 5: Select Size (432 x 240)

Step 6: Hit blue "Copy" button

Step 7: Return to your blog and hit "New Post"

Step 8: Title your post & write your entry

Step 9: Embed your video by "pasting" (Control V) the code you copied from animoto on your new blog post (make sure the tab is set on "Edit Html" not "Compose".

Step 10: Publish your new post.

Check out our SDAWP: National Day of Writing (10/20/09) Animoto Videos:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Teachers Bringing Glogs into the Classroom

The original site at for Glogster at is generally blocked by school districts because it is listed as a social-networking site.

In order to allow teachers the opportunity to use Glogster the company created an educational site.

At the Educational Glogster site you can create accounts for up to 200 students to log in under your main account. As the teacher you retain the accounts under your main account which provides you access to their accounts too.

Here is a brief tutorial:

Here are a few examples of how teachers are utilizing Glogster with their students in the classroom:

Forget About Blogging...Students are Glogging!

Check out the latest phenomenon that students are utilizing to express themselves at Glogster!

Here are some examples of student glogs:

How Bling Out Your Blog

1. How To Embed Videos Into Your Blog:

2. Let's Try It Out! Click on the title below to get the youtube video "Romancing the Soul". Follow the directions from the video (also listed below the title) to embed this video into your own blog.

Romancing The Soul

Step 1: Click on link to retrieve youtube video from website
Step 2: Allow video to play for a few seconds to make sure that the link is still working.
Step 3: Locate the "Embed" url code on the lower right-hand portion of your youtube screenshot
Step 4: Hit the tiny blue icon next to the url code for "Embed" to customize the border for your video.
Step 5: Select a size (pick 445 x 364)
Step 6: Now copy the url code next to "Embed"
Step 7: Open up your dashboard for your blog and select "New Post"
Step 8: Provide your New Post a title
Step 9: Select the "Edit Html" tab
Step 10: Write any words you need to describe the video to an audience for your blog
Step 11: Paste the url code you copied from the youtube website
Step 12: Find the very last size dimensions within the url code.
Step 13: Change the old width = 445 to new width = 425
Step 14: Change the old height = 364 to new height = 344
Step 15: Hit the orange "Publish Post" button and view your blog to see the outcome!

Creating Your Own Blog

1. What is a Blog? Watch the video (In Plain English):

2. Create A Blog Using Google Account

3a. If you are ahead of the rest of us you can read up on the practical applications for using blogs in the classroom:

7 Things You Should Know About Blogs


3b. Check out some of these sites for the top educational bloggers in the U.S:

Social Media Explorer

Dangerously Irrelevant

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