Upload Videos to Google Docs

I saw yesterday on the Google Docs Blog that you can now upload and view videos in Google Docs. I saw an immediate use for this as so many schools don’t want to upload to Youtube, Teachertube, Vimeo or any of the other video storage and streaming sites. So I gave it a try to see how the video would look and what the privacy and sharing settings would be.

It’s as easy to upload a video file to Google Docs as any other type of file. Actually, if you haven’t been in your Docs account in a while, you’ll get a pop-up (shown here) notifying you of the new feature.

You can upload videos up to 1 GB in size. Please note that the video will not be viewable immediately. I uploaded a  43 mb video and it took less than 5 minutes for Google to convert it. (You will need Flash in order to view it.  (Sorry iPad users.)

Here are the supported file formats listed in the Google Help Forum:

  • WebM files (Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codec)
  • .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files – (h264 and mpeg4 video codecs and AAC audio codec)
  • .AVI (many cameras use this format – typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM)
  • .MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio)
  • .WMV
  • .FLV (Adobe – FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)

Either before or after you upload your video, you have the chance to select the Security Settings. You can make the link completely public, completely private, or choose to share it with selected people only. I chose “Anyone with the link” so that you could see how the video would look. (By the way, this is my application video from 12/06 for the Google Teacher Academy.)

I think this is going to be a great alternative for uploading and sharing videos. Give it a try and let me know how you are using it.

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YouTube Has No Educational Value? Phooey!

My first-grader came home from school yesterday and said she had homework from music class. She knows I love the Black Eyed Peas and I think she just wanted to show me something she’d seen in school. (She has no concept of how happy this makes me.)

Please share this post/video with those that think YouTube should be blocked in school because it has no educational value. I’m sure that the students and staff at Ocoee Middle School in Orange County, CA would argue otherwise. They have my daughter singing their lyrics and me smiling.

Here are some links for some other great educational resources from YouTube.

Vicky Davis’s Favorite Inspirational YouTube Clips and YouTube in Education
http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2008/02/favorite-inspirational-youtube-clips.html

YouTube’s SafetyCenterVideos’s Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/SafetyCenterVideos

Alec Couros’s 90+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy
http://couros.wikispaces.com/TechAndMediaLiteracyVids

SAT Video Contest – It’s Not Too Late to Submit

brainyflixlogoIt’s not too late to urge your students to submit their videos to the nationwide contest that the MIT Alumni Association is sponsoring.  Students compete to produce fun, creative videos teaching SAT vocabulary.  They’re looking for short videos no longer than 2 min.
Once the videos have been submitted, they’ll allow viewers to vote on the videos, and they’ll award $600 in prize money to the video that receives the most number of votes.  $200 of the prize will go directly to the winner(s) and $400 to the class or school club chosen by that person(s).  To further encourage participation, they’ll give away 1 free iTunes song for every 5 videos a contestant submits or refers (up to the first 1,000 video submissions).

MIT began accepting video submissions January 1, but there is still plenty of time to submit your video(s)

You can sign up to receive an email reminder at http://www.BrainyFlix.com.

Other important dates are shown below:

– Video submission opens: 1/1/2009
– Video submission ends: 2/23/2009
– Voting opens: 3/1/2009
– Voting ends: 3/14/2009
– Winners announced: 3/20/2009
For more information, please visit http://www.BrainyFlix.com/main/contest_rules.
For any inquiries that aren’t answered there, contact Jack Yu at admin@brainyflix.com.
Good luck and feel free to leave a comment here with a link to your students’ video(s)!