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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sharing YouTube Videos With Students Using Schoology

This post explains two ways that you can share/highlight/organize (you pick the verb!) YouTube videos with/for students in Schoology. Both ways involve adding a page inside a folder in your Schoology course(s). The image at left shows how you add a Page or Text Block inside a folder. If you are unsure how to add  folders to your Schoology course(s), click here or check with a colleague. I should note that these methods also work with other types of Schoology Course Materials such as Discussions, Assignments, and individual Quiz questions - basically anywhere you'd like to refer to a video or other web-based resource.

Method 1: Links on a Page

This method is good if you have a list of videos that you want students to watch or choose from. Start by clicking on the appropriate folder in your course Materials section. Then click Add Materials > Add Page/Text block. After you add a title, type information that introduces the video links and explains what course members (students) should do. You are able to add your video links by clicking on the link icon as shown in Image 1A below. You will be prompted to add your link and the text to display (Image 1B). After you click insert, you can highlight your link and change the font size (if desired). I like to use 16 point font for my Schoology Course Materials.

 Image 1A

Image 1B

Method 2: Embedded Video

Embedded video allows the students to watch the video directly on the page. The page is a "window" to YouTube. Though not the focus here, there are many other types of web resources that can be embedded. You can usually do this when you see a link or button that says "Embed", "Embed Code", or "< >".

Start by clicking on the appropriate folder in your course Materials section. Then click Add Materials > Add Page/Text block. After you add a title, type informationt hat introduces the video(s) and explains what course members (students) should do. You will start the process by clicking on the Insert Content icon > Image/Media as shown in Image 2A below. In the dialogue box that pops up, choose From the Web and Media before you add your video link as shown in Image 2B below.

Image 2A

Image 2B

After you click the Insert Media button, there will be a large yellow rectangle in the place of your video. You are able to select it and center it or add more content before or after it. Save your Page. The finished product should look like this:

Image 2C

Practice with these methods allow you to make your Schoology courses more engaging for students and their parents. Many of the skills are transferable. As always, check with a colleague or contact the Media Services & Instructional Technology Department for further assistance.




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