Monday, November 14, 2016

Tip of the Week - November 14, 2016

Like using YouTube videos, but could do without the distractions for your students?  

There are many free services out there that allow you to remove distractions and select video segments for your specific purpose.  Here are just a few.

  • YouTube Full Fill - This is an extension in the Chrome Web Store that teachers can use to push out a video link to students that doesn't have all of the distractions of a typical YouTube page.  It will give you a new link for a YouTube video that gives students immediate full-screen access and does not populate new videos or a sidebar when the video is finished.  Just attach the link to your assignment instead of adding the video through YouTube and you can share this easily with students.

  • Safe Share - Paste the link to your YouTube video at this website and it will generate a full screen video without ads or other sidebar distractions.  You can even trim the beginning or end of the video so that it begins and ends exactly where you would like it to.  When the video is generated, just share the hyperlink with your students.  
  • TubeChop - Very similar to safe share.  You can cut a video down to any specific segment you would like to show and then share the link with students.  The extra feature that Tube Chop provides is an embed code, so you could embed it directly in a website.  
  • Pure View - All you need to do is copy and paste the link to your YouTube video on this website and it will show your video with no other distractions on the page.  Or, even easier, there is a button to drag to your bookmarks bar so that you can purify a video right from its location.  It will generate the video on the PureView page.  Just share the new PureView link with your students.
  • Ad Block/Ad Block Plus - This is an extension in the Chrome Store.  It blocks ads not only on YouTube but social media and other websites.  This would need to be on individual student chrome accounts to be effective for students.  If it is something your grade level is interested in, it can be added to all accounts on the administrative side.  

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