Sharing YouTube videos has been pretty popular for a while. It’s the TV generation’s latest addiction provided online! But for education, just think what it could also mean for the classroom blog. The students get online for the day’s blog time and find a short video of some action. The students could be asked to write about what they saw or discuss whether they agree or disagree with what the video’s speaker was saying. Very captivating and rich food for student bloggers.

So just how can you get video on your page? Two terms one needs to understand are ’embedding’ and ‘linking to’. Embedding video means that the video title frame is visible in your post. With the video embedded, the reader will see a video frame on the page and can click a play button right there. The video will play in a window that has been ’embedded’ into your blog posting. Linked video shows only an internet web link instead of the video frame. You post will most likely just have a link that the user will click on to open a new window containing the video. The method you choose depends mostly on how you want your post to look. It does take a bit more time to load a page with lots of graphics or embedded videos that a page that just has links to those videos.

For example, this is a video found on Teachertube.com. Some teachers created a video example of what Literature Circles should look like in a classrooom. I would give a link: http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=a8ce66358eb576b8912c for the reader to click on. This particular video is 22 minutes long and I don’t such a large clip to load everytime this page is viewed. So my link will make a new window open up and only start loading the video at that time.

Embedding video clips is a bit more difficult than just adding a link. Different blogs require different embedding video code. The YouTube video site is very popular and includes copy-able code for linking to their videos. Most blog services accept YouTube code. One simply adds the code on the YouTube page to their post and the movie frame is shown within the blog. For example, the Die Hard 4 movie trailer is available on YouTube. Embedded, it would look like:

The TeacherTube site listed above, however, will not embed into the basic WordPress blog and YouTube links must edit the link a bit. For directions on embedding video, click on the Video tab in the graphics upload window below your post-creation window, and follow the appropriate directions.
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Or use these links. YouTube Video Google Video

How do you find these links? When looking at Teachertube, YouTube, or Googlevideo sites, near the video you should see some links for sharing that look similar to this picture. Copying the link next to URL and pasting that into your post will show up as a text link. Copying the link next to Embed and pasting that into your post will get you started. You still have to follow the directions for the video service as discussed above.
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There is so much to learn when dealing with video on blogs. As a teacher, it is a nice way of sharing a visual lesson prompt, lab experiment review, or teacher training piece. For the students, the wow factor will keep them excited about your posts and help them forget that they are actually learning something that day. 😉

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