Teaching with video: Tools and resources

Teaching with videoHere is a selection of tools and resources for teachers who may be new to the various possibilities readily available to them when using video in the classroom or between lessons when supporting learners with guided self-study.

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Finding videos
Viewing options
  • Quiet tube This website allows you to show videos without any distractions.
  • Safeshare As with Quietube, this allows you to show videos without any distractions.
  • Embedding videos (as with the example here below)
    If you have your own blog or website, embedding videos from sources such as YouTube can have many advantages, such as, for example, keeping learners focussed on the task at hand by reducing distractions.

Is downloading from YouTube ethical?

“There is a huge amount of incentive for any teacher to download clips from YouTube. But should we do it? Well, that's up to you. If you do so, you will be breaking the terms of service. Does that mean that you will be breaking the law? Well that is unclear. My own personal code is that I am willing to break the YouTube Terms of Service and use clips for teaching purposes. As long as we aren't making money out of the content that we capture, then I feel that there is no moral issue here. … Some people might think that this is a bit naughty - like breaking the speed limit. Perhaps I am taking an everyone-else-does-it-so-I-will-too attitude. But I would disagree. Breaking speed limits can be dangerous. For the reasons outlined above, downloading clips may be necessary.”

James Keddie

Downloading tools

File converters

Video players

Movie Editing

Using Video in the Classroom

  1. Don't over use the video aspect. Good teachers are eclectic. There is a huge range of resources and activity types that we can draw from.
  2. Do your best to choose clips that will be as engaging as possible for your learners.
  3. Choose short clips and aim to have a maximum of 8 minutes video time during a 90-minute lesson. This prevents the class from turning into a cinema.
  4. Create activities and plan lessons which require that learners will interact with the video content you use.
  5. Get to know your technology.
  6. Always have a backup plan for when the technology fails.

James Keddie

Recording students

Sample video in the classroom activity


Further reading

Alternatives to YouTube

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