YouTube is a cloud based video sharing website. This site allows you to host videos at no cost to you or your institution. This free service also keeps large files off your school servers. YouTube has easy closed caption features that can be edited directly on the screen without having to download or uploading text files.
All you will need to do to get started is create a Google account. I would recommend that you use an existing email address if you do not already have a Gmail account. It is also recommended that you use Google Chrome as your web browser to have access to all of the features associated with Google tools.
Closed Caption in YouTube:
Once the video is in YouTube it is very easy to edit the transcript. There are many screen capturing tools and software you can use to create educational videos that create a text file to accompany the video when it is loaded on the site. If you are using Camtasia Studio make sure you add your closed captions through the “Speech to Text” option before the videos are loaded into YouTube. Another tool to create videos that is free is Screencast-O-Matic. This free web tool provides has a direct link to YouTube allowing you to send your video directly to your YouTube channel as soon as you have created the video. Screencast-O-Matic is very similar to Jing and just as easy to use.
Adding Videos to a Playlist:
If you have a set of videos you want your students to watch create a playlist to make it easier for them to find the videos. A playlist can be shared with a link that can be sent via email, added to a blog, or any location you can use a link.
Links and Videos to Get Started:
- Link to Getting a Google Account
- Link to Download Google Chrome
- Link to Log in to your account
- How to Navigate the YouTube Channel Studio
- How to Upload a Video
- Link to Screencast-O-Matic Website
- How to Create a Playlist in YouTube
- Editing Closed Captions in YouTube