I’m slowly working up to introducing flipped learning at my school. Knowing that the quality of material produced by teachers needs to be of a high quality for this to work, and also knowing that there is both a competence and confidence issue with a lot of staff, one of the tools that I’m going to start introducing is It integrates with Google Drive, and as we run Google Apps, this also makes getting started easier.

Essentially, is a tool for annotating videos. You need to grab the URL of the video – anything from youtube, Vimeo, edX, Khan Academy, Udacity or Coursera. To get started, you need to install the extension to connect with Google Drive. If you’re not already logged in, you’ll be prompted to sign in to your Gmail account.

Once you’re signed in, click ‘Create’ and choose VideoNotes:

create videonotes

The edit screen will appear:

load video

Copy in the video’s URL and press ‘Load video’. The video will then appear on the left hand side of the screen. You can then also change the title of the document you’re creating – simply click where it says ‘Untitled notes’ and type in your title.

video loaded will automatically create a file in your Google Drive, in a folder. You can use normal sharing options from Google Drive to share this with students/other staff, or export to Evernote as needed.

google drive file list

To annotate the video, start playing it and enter text on the right hand side of the screen. It will automatically log the timestamp from the video when you start typing. Press enter to move to your next note (you can pause the video as necessary).

annotated video

As with other Google Docs, the annotations save automatically.

Clicking on particular annotations automatically moves you to that part of the video:

clicking on annotations

It’s a useful tool for flipped learning and for revision. It’s not the only tool; recently I had Amara recommended to me, which is a tool for captioning and translating video – handy for MFL teachers. I haven’t had a play with it yet, mostly because I like the fact that syncs straight to Google Drive.


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