Join Patrick Crispen for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording webcam videos with Video Everywhere, part of Blackboard Essential Training.
In the new content editor in Blackboard 9.1 service pack ten and later, Blackboad has a tool called Video Everywhere, which is pretty much an extremely tight integration with YouTube. It lets you record your webcam, automatically upload it to YouTube and then automatically add a link to that video in your course. So, you can now create video announcements, video lectures, video clarifications. You can even do video discussion board posts.
And, if you have other videos that you've already uploaded to YouTube, you can also add links to those videos and place them in your Blackboard course. Now, there's a problem. The problem is that to use this tool, you first have to have a YouTube account and some primary and secondary schools block YouTube. If you are a primary or secondary school teacher, please check with your school or district before using this tool. If you've never actually created a YouTube account, just go to youtube.com/signup and follow the onscreen prompts. If you have an account, just go to youtube.com and sign in. Now, before you start using Video Everywhere in Blackboard, I need you to make a settings change in YouTube to protect your privacy and the privacy of your students.
To the right of your name, click the down arrow and then choose Video Manager. On the left hand side, click, Channel Settings, and then click, Defaults. What we need to do is change the privacy settings of all the videos that you're going to upload from here on out. From public, which is the default. To when you log in, it'll probably say public. You want to change that to unlisted. With unlisted, only people who have the link to the video can view it.
Unlisted videos do not appear in any of YouTube's public spaces like your channel, search results, or even on YouTube's home page. And this is a good thing, especially if you're going to be giving student feedback. By the way, I wouldn't recommend private. Private requires you to share it with specific users. So, I want to change this as unlisted. All future videos that I upload from here on out are going to come in as unlisted, and then I can go manually change them to public if I want to. So, let me go back into my Video Manager, and you can see that basically, I have one movie in this so far.
So lets go and record our web cam. I'm in a content area, I've got my content folder unit one sub-folder. I'm going to click on Build Content and then click on Item. What I'm going to do is I'm going to call this web cam. I want to make sure that the content editor is expanded so I see the third row. I can do that by clicking on this button in the top right hand corner. So if I've got one row, I want to make it three rows. And then I'm going to click on this little button here with the red dot in it.
And this opens up the webcam recorder in my web browser. The first thing it's going to do is, it's going to make me sign into YouTube. But wait a minute, we've already signed into YouTube. True. We signed into YouTube. But we haven't signed into YouTube from Blackboard. And we have to actually give Blackboard permission to connect to YouTube and YouTube permission to accept files from Blackboard. So, we kind of have to sign in a second time. I've already signed in so all I'm going to do here is grant access.
You might have to type in your username and password first. But eventually you'll get to this screen. Click the blue grant access. That gives Blackboard the rights to write to YouTube when you record videos. And now I'm ready to record from my webcam, so I'm going to click on record from webcam and I'll actually turn on my webcam and I can start working. I do however have to give permission, so I'm going to say allow, and now it's actually showing, hello, hi, and click on close.
And here I am. I'm in the studios at lynda.com and we're now ready to record my video. When I'm ready, I click on then click on start recording. Now, it's going to give me a little message saying, you do know Blackboard's going to be writing something to YouTube, right? It's just double checking. This case absolutely sure I click on Okay, and when I click on Okay I'm ready to start recording. Hi students, I just want to remind you we canceled class on Tuesday, we'll be meeting again on Thursday. Go into the Content area of my course, you're going to find a PowerPoint presentation called The Cognitive Art of Educational Technology.
Read that, because it's got some really practical implications. When we get the, when we get back to class on Thursday, well, we'll actually talk about that. So, let me click on Stop Recording. And now I'm ready to upload this thing to Blackboard. Notice that I actually made a mistake in my video. I can go into YouTube and edit that out. But yeah. I'll just leave it. What the heck. I'm human. I'm going to click on Upload. Now Blackboard's going to say, okay, well, we've got this video. What do you want me to do? Do you want me to embed this video within Blackboard and play it within your Blackboard content area? Or do you want me to create a thumbnail that students have to click on? And then it open up a pop up window that opens up the video.
You know, for me. Since the content of this video doesn't have to be as high res. It doesn't have to be really big. Play in place is fine. I'm going to click on Insert. And it's inserted the video, but not really. I have to click on Submit. And behind the scenes it's uploading the video. The video may not actually show right now. In fact, when I scroll down, I don't see anything. One of the things I've discovered is you might have to wait a little bit, or better yet, leave the content area, and then come back in to the content area.
Scroll down to the bottom and maybe it's going to show up this time. Yeah, there it is. There is my video for my students. To edit your video or add closed captioning, I have got to back to YouTube and make the changes there. And remember your videos are private and you can change that in YouTube if you want. I want to show you one other feature. I can re-use YouTube videos. So, what I'm going to do is let's go and add one more content item. I'm just going to call it re-use video.
Scroll down and again in the content editor click on the record from the webcam But in this case, instead of recording from my web cam, I'm going to click on browse. And browse shows me all of the movies I've uploaded to YouTube. I've got a dissecting learning objectives movie that I use in some of my masters courses, let me insert that. And click on Insert and then Submit. Again, I may need to leave this content area to see it, if I scroll down.
Yep, not even showing up. But, if I go out, click content and then click on Unit 1 again, it should show up now, down at the bottom. There it is. So what this means is that if you have copyright cleared video, that's too big for you to upload to Blackboard, you can upload it to YouTube, at youtube.com, not in Blackboard. And then, link to it from within Blackboard's content editor. So, what we're doing is, we're linking to content right now, both of these videos They're not in Blackboard but they're content that you've created and it's on an external website.
It's on YouTube and this brings up an important question. Can I link to other people's public content on the web? Not just public YouTube videos, but webpages, online web 2.0 tools and the like. The answer to that is, absolutely. And we're going to show you how to do that in the next movie.
- Accessing a course
- Creating announcements
- Viewing the roster
- Working with modules
- Adding new menu items
- Enrolling students and others
- Making content available to students
- Entering grades
- Downloading and editing grades in Excel
- Creating assignments and collecting papers
- Creating online tests
- Adding discussion forums and groups