I love using videos in the classroom: they are engaging, multi-sensory and provide quasi-authentic language. The question of course is what do you have students do while they’re watching the videos? Well, one tool I’ve come across recently is videonot.es.

Videonot.es is a web app that allows users to take notes of online videos (YoutubeKhan AcademyCourseraUdacity) and then store and share their notes using either Evernote or  Google Drive. Why would you want to use this site?

  • Ease of collection – Instead of carrying paper copies, you just have students “share” their work with you (more on that later).
  • Tracking the process – If you are having students write essays on videos, it is a lot harder for them to plagiarize if you are tracking their work from the very beginning.
  • Collaboration – Students can share their notes and ideas with each other nearly instantly.
  • Safe Keeping – Students “misplace” their paper notes all the time. Unless a student consciously deletes the file from their Google Drive account, their video notes aren’t going anywhere.

So how do you use Videonot.es?

1) Go to their website videonot.es and press “Connect with Google Drive”

videonot.es, video notes, CALL, edtech,

2) Paste the video clip’s url into the box and press “Load video”

3) Give the file a title by clicking on the area above the icons

Now for the fun part. To watch the video and take notes, press play, click on the white space on the right hand side of the page and start typing. What you type will be saved automatically and synced to you drive account!

Here is a sample activity I got from Prof. Ahmet Okal (Çok teşekkür ederim hocam!)

Students watch a sketch from The Carol Burnett Show in which the entire conversation between a man and a woman in a tea shop consists of one word answers. Instead of writing what the characters say, the students write what they mean. For an example of this activity, please click here.

But how do you check to see if your students have done the activity? Glad you asked.

1) Click on share

2) You have three options:

3) But what if you get an error message like the following:

DO NOT PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Instead, go to your Google Drive Account and share it from there.

How to share from Google Drive

1) Go to your Gmail account and click on the box looking thing in the upper right corner

2) Click “Drive”

3) Find the file in your Google Drive Account

2) Check the Box

3) Click on the “person plus” button

4) Now you have the same options as described before

Finally, while there have been some issues in my classes (students forgetting to “share” files on time, not remembering to name them,) the overall response has been positive. However, no matter what you do there will be some bugs when you adopt new technology. Therefore, be sure to check out videonot.es’ youtube channel  as well as the several other “How to videos” on youtube.


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