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VISIBLE THINKING: VideoNot.es

Picture This:

You are showing your students a video clip from YouTube on the Water Cycle. You reach a point in the video where you want to make a note so you pause. You must jump over to the next tab in Chrome, open up a Google Doc and make your notes. You jump back to the video and press play. 

Lather, rinse, repeat.  Annoying! Don't you wish you could make this process a bit simpler?

Check out VideoNot.es! (Jump to the bottom for a screencast tutorial)



VideoNot.es is an app that connects directly with Google Drive.



It allows you to link to various sources for video clips including YouTube, Vimeo, Khan Academy and more.

You don't need to flip back and forth between tabs to record your thoughts though because the app is designed to allow you to do this on the right hand side of the screen while the video plays on the left.



Not only can you record your thoughts, but they automatically generate a timestamp. When you click back on that note, it plays the video at that exact moment.


Because it automatically syncs with Drive, as soon as you create a new video project, a folder is created in your Drive called VideoNot.es. You can access the project whenever you want directly from your Drive.


At first, the files will not open directly from Drive as the file type is not recognized.


Go into the Drive Properties wheel and select Manage Apps.


Scroll down to VideoNot.es and click Use by default.


Now the file type is recognizable and with one click, it will open directly in the VideoNot.es app.


Now for the really cool part!
Why do we love Google Apps so much? We love that our students can collaborate!

In the top right hand corner of the VideoNot.es page is a Share button, just like in a Google Doc. Your students can make their thinking visible collaboratively! 


NOTE: I've found that when working collaboratively, the notes do not automatically update. You must click refresh to see any changes that a collaborator has made. I've requested more information on this and I'll update here when I've got an answer.

Possible applications:
  • In a flipped classroom, students watch a video assigned ahead of time and can (independently or in groups) ask their questions and have them directly tied to the moment in the video for the next day's lesson.
  • Students conducting research can have their notes linked to the video for easy future reference.
  • If students have created their own public service announcements or perhaps filmed themselves explaining a concept in math class, they could reflect on their successes and areas for improvement in the notes and their comments will clearly link back to the exact moment they are referring to. 
  • If you've just participated in a virtual field trip through a Google Hangout On Air, students could re-watch it and comment on the experience with any additional follow questions or reflections. 
  • Students can pose questions in the notes and then share the link with a classmate to stimulate discussion based on a curriculum content related video.
  • Students can summarize important points of a video.

How else might you use this application?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

ANOTHER NOTE: Since I started writing this post, there have been times when the site has been down. You may see a picture like this:


I imagine the site is experiencing more traffic than it's used to because of its awesomeness. :)

Be patient. I think it's worth it. 

***UPDATE

After watching +Kyle Pace's Google EduOnAir session this past weekend on Making YouTube Work For You And Your Students, (which was AMAZING!) I was reminded that I hadn't made my tutorial yet. 








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