Thursday, May 26, 2011

Another YouTube Post? Yup! #edtech

If you've read some of my previous posts talking about YouTube, you know I have a love/hate relationship with the site. I love that there is a wealth of information and content being created and shared.  I hate that a lot of it is in violation of copyright, cluttered with associated videos (which may or may not be accurate) and riddled with often ridiculous comments.  The reason I dislike YouTube is the reason a number of schools block it entirely.  But I'm always looking for ways to help you convince administrators of it's value as well.  Today, Lucy Gray shared a link that Henry Thiele had shared with her called: SafeShare.tv and I knew it was instantly going to be my post for tonight!
You see this SafeShare.tv allows you to paste a link to a YouTube video and instantly strip out all the extraneous noise and provides a link to just the video.  No extra ads (in the case of the video I tested no "buffer" ads either), no comments, no "fuzzy" noise - just the video.  Plain and Simple.  Much like Tubechop, (which I reviewed in an earlier post) you can also cut segments of the video before creating the new link.

As an example, take a look at this video explaining Meporter a new location based app with actual educational applications that I just discovered thanks to Vicki Davis.  Something tells me next years 365 project is not going to be about Web 2.0 utilities but mobile applications.  They seem to be taking over the world!

My goodness that was a lot of extraneous name dropping tonight! But, they're all people you should be following if you aren't already.
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