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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Module 6: Exploring photos and videos on the web

As a Chromebook user, the ability to store, access, edit and publish photos and video on the web are of particular interest. With a Chromebook, the web is all I have.

Picasa
Picasa is fully integrated into Google Apps. That means staff and students open a new tab, type in Picasa in the browser and are taken straight to picasaweb.google.com signed in as themselves. Here are some neat features about Picasa that are not so intuitive to discover.

1. You can upload photos by sending them via email. The subject determines the album the photos go to. See here for details.
2. You can embed an album to a Google site.

If you combine 1 and 2, you can have a embedded album changing in real time as users send photos to it. We are thinking of doing this on the TCEO Intranet page. When members of the Executive Leadership Team  go out to schools, we encourage them to "look for something good", take the photo on their iphone and send in to the album we have mounted on our intranet page.

Because I am on  a Chromebook, I won't discuss Picasa as a desktop app. But for PC users, having the desktop and web versions is ideal.

Had a quick play with the creative kit. The fact that Blogger allows you to insert a pic direct from one's web album is a real bonus.  See example below.

Videos on the Web

  1. Animoto. Please be aware that this application requires registration on-line. You can’t login with your Google account. But it does have a special deal for education where teachers get an account for free and create up up to 50 students for the 6 month trial. Feel free to explore as part of this experience but do not encourage students to embark on this registration process. Also, it is one of the Web 2 tools that insists “You must be 13 years of age or older to be a User of the Services.”
  2. I can’t find any web 2 tools that allow the user to create/edit video if the user is under 13. WeVideo allows under 13s to use it with parent consent. Click here for a summary of applications and parent consent. Feel free to add to this list. Therefore, the recommendation is use WeVideo as your web-based editor (with students). Capture video using your ipad, iphone, digital camera, laptop webcam etc.  Movie-maker Live or iMovie are great products for Video editing on the desktop.  Once done, upload to Google Drive. This can be embedded in Blogs and sites.
  3. The same is true of Voice Capture software.
You Tube
As a teacher, have a look at You Tube as a Video Editor. It is not for use by students under 13. It lets you upload video, top and tail, add a signature, blur out faces, converts voice to text on the fly, and calls on a set of third party products to edit your videos. If you are Chromebook user without Apple software or Movie Maker Live available at a desktop level, having a Web tool that provides all of this is exciting.