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Video Toolbox November 26, 2010

Filed under: Teaching with Technology,Web 2.0,YouTube — Christine Mark @ 11:45 am
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For this project I shot some video with my new video camcorder. My subject was motorcycle safety and my husband starred in my video by displaying how to check that a motorcycle is in running condition as well as the correct type and usage of personal protective equipment. I liked this idea because we both ride motorcycles and a video of this nature would be helpful for new riders or as a review for experienced riders who may take some of these things for granted. Click below to view my video:

The idea of this project was to use a free Web 2.0 tool, Video Toolbox. I did not have much video experience when I completed this project so I really did not know what to expect. I found Video Toolbox to be somewhat confusing but I think I was trying to make it more difficult than I needed to. The first thing I had to do was to sign up for an account. The free account is limited to being able to upload 300 MB of video. This is the first problem I ran into as I tried to upload 3 clips and they exceeded this limit. I then ended up uploading two out the three clips. It took a very long time for the clips to lead into the file manager. Once the clips were added I then went into Video Toolbox and cut some of the video and added a text watermark. These tasks were quite simple to accomplish. I then saved my video as a WMV file. I then went to my account on YouTube, which I had established previously and uploaded the video to YouTube. This part of the process was pretty straightforward and simple.
I can see where a teacher may want to use this tool for very small videos that need very simple editing. The ability to create so many file formats is an advantage and by using Video Toolbox you can export videos to the following file formats: 3GP, AMV, FLV, AVI, ASF, M4V, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, VOB, WMV, MP3, JPG. If the video is of any notable size or needs further editing I don’t think this tool would work so well. A program such as Windows Moviemaker or iMovie would probably be a better choice.


I Have a Video on YouTube!!! July 21, 2010



I learned a lot about screencasting as a Web 2.0 tool including how it could be used for education.  This assignment required that a tutorial be constructed using ScreenToaster, a Web 2.0 tool for creating a screencast and then be uploaded onto YouTube where it could be viewed and shared.  I always wanted to learn how to use Camtasia, a software screencasting program that is quite expensive.  Camtasia was the package used by educators before all the free Web 2.0 applications became available.   In looking at the resource material provided I was surprised at how many free Web 2.0 tools are available for screencasting.  I had used Jing in a previous class and found it to be very easy to use; however, there is a five minute limit on the free version.  Other than that I did not experience with others tools.  The assignment was supposed to use ScreenToaster.  The day I went to do my project, ScreenToaster was down.  It was later discovered that they were converting it to paid product and would no longer be free.  This is the downside of using free Web 2.0 tools in addition to there usually being some restrictions on the free version of the tool.  I decided to complete the project using ScreenCastle.  There really was not much to learn about this tool as it so easy.  I did my screencast on setting up a network using Ning.  I simply pressed a button and starting talking and moved from screen to screen.  The next part was to upload the screencast to YouTube.  I already had a YouTube account so it just a matter of uploading the video.  YouTube takes care of file conversion and everything else.  All in all the process was very easy.  Here is my video:

There are many educational uses for this tool.  It allows teachers and instructors to create tutorials for students.  For example, I used to teach Microsoft Office and definitely could have used it to demonstrate various Excel, Word and Access features for my students.  Most students have the same issues with aspects like formulas so it makes sense to produce a video and have students watch it.  The video can also be placed on a Website, blog or Wiki for students to access.  I think this is a great tool that is so easy for any teacher or instructor to use and sharing on YouTube is a piece of cake!!!