Finding good videos
  • YouTube - a little or a lot of everything, including tons of good tutorials
  • WatchKnow - none of their own, but embedded links to educational videos on other sites
  • Next Vista for Learning - Free, screened, student audience videos by and for teachers and students
  • SchoolTube - free media sharing website for educators
  • TeacherTube - site for educational videos, heavy on advertisements
  • Library of Congress - good source of historical videos (focused on the USA)

Third Party Tools for YouTube
  • Zamzar - free, online file converter; can help you download YouTube videos
    use media from above sites to teach kids to identify quality and plan effectively for making their own pieces
  • TubeChop - Let's you specific start and end time for a video.  Just grab the clip you want.
  • Quietube - Provides clean white background for YouTube video.  No ads, no comments, no related videos.

Making good videos
  • Plenty of free tools
    • Creative Commons Search - sets filters to grab copyright-friendly content from a number of sites
    • Flickr - advanced search page for this photo sharing site; choose Creative Commons content options
    • Morguefile - photo sharing site with all material copyright-friendly and of good size for multimedia
    • PodSafeAudio - copyright-friendly music sharing site; choose "By Genre" to find appropriate material
    • Jamendo - another copyright-friendly music sharing site
    • Partners In Rhyme - free sound effects (note the difference between "free" and "royalty free")
    • Aviary - photo editing, web templates, and more, done online
  • Putting video content on sharing sites, or in Google Video in Apps

Project possibilities

Resources on information and groups

  • Audacity - great software for editing audio files, creating podcasts, etc. (something of a learning curve)
  • Irfan View - graphics conversion and cropping program
  • CoolIris - create visually compelling photo walls to prompt discussion (good for vocabulary)
  • Photo Story - download page for the free slideshow program from Microsoft (yup, free from Microsoft!)
  • VLC Media Player - good tool for handling all kinds of formats and codecs
Apps Notes

Google Video must be active in the Apps account ("Add more services"), and those who upload must be listed in the Video Uploaders field.