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 (Youtube, Khan Academy, Coursera, Udacity) 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? Continue reading “Videonot.es and Youtube: Watching videos with a purpose”