Friday, September 16, 2011

Create a 'video' on YouTube


Create a 'video' on YouTube

YouTube is an amazing resource, and it now includes some tools to create quite sophisticated videos from uploaded images.
  • Go to http://youtube.com/create (you need to log in with your YouTube account or GOOGLE ID) and you'll see some of the tools on offer.
    • If you don't have a YouTube account, you will need to get a GOOGLE ID.  This is free.
    • If you are creating your YouTube account for the first time, it will ask you to choose a username to store your 'channel'.  You can use the same username as your GOOGLE ID, or something different.  However, you will still use your GOOGLE ID to log in to your YouTube account.
  • There are free versions for all the tools, but normally limited in length (usually a minute) or lines of dialogue (usually 10) Nevertheless, GOANIMATE and SUTPEFLIX have been mentioned in an earlier posting: http://sfltdu.blogspot.com/2011/09/data-projectors-we-need-some-training.html

  • The great thing about these tools is that the end product is a YouTube video, which is dead easy to share and view.
    • If you have a data projector and internet access in class, you can take breaks to view these in class.
      • If you are a YouTube aficionado like Huran, you will have your favourite ways of downloading YouTube videos.  Huran recommends YouTube Downloader.  It's free, but you have to install it on your computer.
      • If you are like me, and you don't have ADMIN rights for your office computer, you can use a site like http://zamzar.com to download a YouTube video.  It is a two step process, and it can take a few minutes, but it will work in your office.
    • Since YouTube is a social networking site, students can also visit and comment on the videos. You might need to give some guidelines, e.g., comment on one thing that you like about the video, or perhaps give one constructive comment on how to improve the video.
In the context of the first day of a course, you could ask students to create an animation in GOANIMATE with a dialogue having themselves as one of the characters.
  • They could then write this as an interview...the topic could be as simple as a personal interview, it could be about dreams and aspirations, or perhaps talking about their academic interests or background to their chosen field of study. You could give students a couple of options and let them decide.
  • This is a great way to learn a bit about your students, and get them to find out about the other students in their group. The free version is limited to 10 lines of dialogue, which will keep things short and snappy.
  • Here is a post by Dindy illustrating this use of GOANIMATE in the context of promoting this blog: http://sfltdu.blogspot.com/2011/09/using-go-animate.html 
If you want to have an activity that isn't too demanding language-wise, you could ask them to use STUPEFLIX, but require that they add short captions to the pictures and a Title frame.
  • Again, topics could include their home, their neighbourhood, their hobby, their best friends, their field of study...bascially anything you could do in GOANIMATE, but here the story is told through images with only minimal text.
  • The free version is limited to a video of one minute, so you should warn your students to upload between 10 and 12 photographs. Again, this limitation keeps the videos from dragging on, and the students have to make some conscious decisions about what to include.
If you use one of these animations (or have another favourite site that you use), please share your animation here in the blog and let us know how you used it and what feedback you got from your students.

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