Segmenting YouTube Videos for Better Comprehension Opportunities

I like my students to have opportunities to view content videos delivered in English that are NOT designed for English language learners, in which the speakers sometimes speak too fast and use unfamiliar vocabulary. In other words, they speak like many college instructors or business people whom my students will need to be able to understand sometime soon. So, to break down the information and make it more easily understandable for them, my goal was to edit YouTube videos on my Mac into various segments, chunking the information and interspersing reflection and discussion questions to assess, “sooner than later,” my students’ understanding of the material presented. This was easy to do in a face-to-face (f2f) class simply by stopping the video, but I wanted to be able to assign the videos to students who were not present in f2f classes whether they were studying online or maybe just absent on the day of the presentation.  So, this is what I learned to do so easily, and you can do it, too. Here’s how:

First, open on the web which converts the YouTube video to various formats. (I chose the MP4 format because, from what I understood, it was the most useful on different platforms.) Paste the URL of the video you want to segment into, and press Continue.

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Decide what quality and file size you want your video segments to be, or use the default settings. Click Download and Start.

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Wait for the message that the conversion has been successfully completed.

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When it tells you it is successfully completed, click Download on this new screen.

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Once the movie is downloaded, click on it, and it opens up in Quicktime Player. Click the Edit command, decide where you want your video segments to start and stop, and click Trim.

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So, now you have your first segment. Upload this segment to your YouTube account by clicking on Creator Studio and then upload, and then wait for it to be processed. (Since the segments are generally quite small, this won’t take very long.) Repeat these steps as often as needed to segment the video the way you wish.

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Now  you can upload your new YouTube video segments to your presentation. I used Google Slides for my presentations because it is easy to upload YouTubes to my Google Sites and my blog here on WordPress.

In my presentations, I add a vocabulary slide or two to discuss before watching any of the video segments, and I generally leave two slides after each video segment, one for a question or reflection and the next for a response. You  decide what works best in your presentation for you and your students. At the end of the presentation, consider adding a brief re-check via Google Forms or Socrative for students to do individually or in pairs as one final comprehension check to finish up the lesson.

Enjoy! I think your students will appreciate this as mine do. It gives us ample time for discussion and assessment of comprehension between segments.

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Google iconWhat’s new with Gmail?  Let’s see…ability to save all attachments in your Google Drive, action buttons by your email subject line making it easier to “take action” without even opening the message, ability to hand write your messages using your mouse or trackpad,  new apps icon,  the “look” of Gmail on your iPad, and a new login page.  That’s enough for now, Google!

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Using Google Calendar to Help Students Minimize Stress and Meet Deadlines

Our adult ESL students (and yes, teachers, too) have such busy lives that between managing classes, full-time jobs, and family responsibilities, they rarely take a moment to schedule study time or any other personal time on our college campuses.  Finding a way to fit in some of these activities not only helps the students achieve more academically, it also helps them find time for enjoyment and enrichment with their friends on campus without feeling guilty or that they’re stealing moments away from their families.  It’s all scheduled!

Google Calendar is a great site to help our students manage all that and more.  This semester my students will be using it to keep track of their assignment due dates, the smaller tasks they need to finish to complete their assignments, and their study dates in conjunction with their outside-of-school responsibilities.  They’ll learn how to schedule and prioritize tasks, crossing them off their list as they finish them up.  (What a great feeling that is!) They’ll also be using their calendar to make appointments with me throughout the  semester.  By scheduling their appointments with me through their Google Calendars, they’ll be able to view their scheduled personal activities to be sure that the appointments don’t conflict with other commitments they’ve already scheduled, and the appointment then gets scheduled automatically on their calendar.  On my end, their appointments show up on my calendar only at times I have set aside for these appointments, and I am able to see on my calendar who is scheduled to come in and at what time.

Google Calendar can also be set up to send out a daily email with the day’s agenda on it so there is no excuse for missing an assignment due date or forgetting an appointment.  It syncs automatically with the Google Calendar on smart phones as well.  Additionally, Google Calendar links easily to my Blackboard course menu so it’s easily accessible for all of us–almost like having a personal secretary!  What a great tool!

Teaching our students (and faculty) to take advantage of free online tools to organize their lives and plan ahead for important activities helps minimize the stress in their already hectic lives and keep them on the path to success both personally, professionally, and academically.  For those of you who might be interested in using Google Calendar with your students, here are some tutorials that may be helpful to you in getting started:

Google Calendar Essential Training

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The 12 Days of Technology-Day 5: Google

On the fifth day of technology, my PLN gave to me:  Google.  And Google, to borrow a phrase, is a gift that keeps on giving!  We’ll start off with the video version of  the Google Story, and then take a look at all that Google is – today!

Google Alerts – Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

Google Analytics – Google Analytics shows you how people found your site, how they explored it, and how you can enhance their visitor experience.

Google Calendar – Share your schedule, get your calendar on your mobile phone, get customizable reminders either by email or as text messages, send invitations and track RSVPs with your calendar, sync with your desktop applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal and Mozilla Sunbird; work offline because with offline access, you can view a read-only version of your calendar no matter where you are.  Fabulous.

Google Charts Lets you dynamically generate charts.

Google Chrome – Google’s browser

Google Dashboard – Review & control the data stored in your Google account.

Google Dictionary – Access online monolingual dictionaries in many languages as well as bilingual dictionaries.  Very handy!

Google Docs – Read “Using Google docs in the Classroom:  Simple as ABC”  And here are some templates that you can use.

Goog-411 Get the telephone number of any business for free

Google Goggles – Allows you to use pictures to search the web.

Google Groups – Is a service from Google that supports discussion groups, including many Usenet newsgroups, based on common interests.

Google Maps – Create personalised, annotated, customized maps using Google Maps.  The maps can contain placemarks, lines, shapes, descriptive text including HTML, embedded photos and videos, and can be shared.   Here are some ideas for using Google Maps in the classroom: 100 Things to do with Google Maps Mashups from the Google Maps Mania Blog

Google News – Gives you aggregated headlines and a search engine of many of the world’s news sources.

Google Pack – Free software selected by Google and ready to download as a package.

Google Reader – web-based RSS feed reader

Google Safe SearchGoogle’s SafeSearch screens for sites that contain explicit sexual content and deletes them from your search results.

Google Sites – A free and easy way to create and share webpages from dozens of pre-built templates.

Google SquaredGoogle Squared takes a category and creates a starter ‘square‘ of information, automatically fetching and organizing facts from across the web.

Google Voice – gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail as easy as email, free US long distance, low rates on international calls, and features

Google Wave – Communicate and collaborate in real time.  Request an invitation! – Your screen divided in four google search parts.  You figure it out!

igoogle – Your personalized start page or portal.  I use mine as an RSS feed reader.

Now, do you feel Googled?