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Splicd – how to chop YouTube videos to a single segment

Posted by rosiemacalpine on March 3, 2009

Splicd is a website that allows you to view any YouTube video on your IWB, but overcomes three common problems with using YouTube in the classroom:

1. YouTube is blocked on some school systems

2. You may just want to show a portion of a video and it’s difficult to get to the right point.

3. The video you’ve chosen is appropriate for the classroom, but user comments or related videos (displayed on the page) are not.

Splicd lets you paste the URL of a YouTube video, and then choose the start and end point. You can then link directly to that video (or download it with RealPlayer see a previous post on this) and watch only the segment you want. There are a few ads but I haven’t seen any that are inappropriate.

Here’s an example of how you might use the service. You would like to show a section of ‘The Godfather’ which includes a traditional Roman Catholic christening. Unfortunately, the YouTube clip also shows the planning of a mob murder! Here’s the clip on YouTube:

And here’s the clip on Splicd, only showing the clip from 1:50 to 2:18 (sans mob murder)

EDIT: unfortunately, embedding the clip in my blog means that it keeps playing after 2.18. It won’t do this when you use it within Splicd.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

You can still view the entire clip by linking from Splicd, so it’s not safe for students to use unsupervised. But it’s a useful workaround for using YouTube with the whole class.


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Using online videos in the classroom – moving beyond YouTube

Posted by rosiemacalpine on January 28, 2009

Recently I’ve blogged about some alternative ways to download video from the internet to play on your interactive whiteboard. Here are three sites that are really worthwhile to look at using in the classroom.

1. Teachertube


Teachertube is a US based site with thousands of videos designed for teachers and classrooms. It’s a great place to browse and find interesting new videos for your class. Inappropriate videos are quickly flagged and removed so you can feel safe using the site.

2. and

The UK site is the original site. The Australian site was launched recently and allows access to much of the UK content as well Australian specific content. This site features professionally made videos (often in series) designed to teach specific content. It also has PD content for teachers which is well made and interesting to watch.

If you are outside the UK, you can access some videos (from the UK site) but not all of them.


3. Videojug

This is a ‘how-to’ video site. It’s similar to YouTube as it has lots of great educational content – but some instructional videos and comments that are not appropriate for children to view! When I used this in the classroom, I let parents know that, like YouTube, it was not an appropriate site for children to browse alone.

It has got a huge range of videos that can tap into a classroom topic. It’s also great for procedural writing as many of the videos list the ‘steps’ in the process. The screenshot below shows the range of videos under the topic of camping.


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Downloading videos from Youtube, TeacherTube etc.

Posted by rosiemacalpine on January 26, 2009

I’ve posted before about downloading videos to use in flipcharts or run on the board. I’ve recently discovered an even simpler way to do this.

Realplayer used to be a common media player, but seems to have dropped out of favour in recent times. When I downloaded their latest version, I found this fantastic option in the installation process:


After I ticked this box and completed my install of RealPlayer, I found that a download link appeared briefly at the start of any video I watched on the web.


When I clicked on the button, it started downloading the video as an .flv file. Flv files can be added as a link to flipcharts in AS3 (they will play in a separate window though). In the new Inspire edition, they will play in the flipchart.

The only disadvantage to RealPlayer is that it doesn’t work on everyone’s computer. I’ve got it installed at home and work and haven’t had any problems. I introduced it to some teachers in training last week and found that it kept closing unexpectedly for two of the teachers. Realplayer recommends this fix if this happens to you.

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Resizing windows when watching Youtube videos

Posted by rosiemacalpine on December 3, 2008

Youtube is a fantastic resource to use in the classroom – but a contentious one. When I wanted to show Youtube videos to primary students, my main concern was inappropriate comments, video descriptions, or related videos appearing on the screen. I can preview the content, but an appropriate video can be spoilt by these other elements on a page.

There are a variety of ways around this, including downloading videos and showing them in a flipchart instead. This is a must if Youtube is banned at your school. But for those teachers who do have access, this one is so simple – I can’t believe I hadn’t used it before.

Here’s a Youtube video with the window as normal. Can you spot the problem? 😉


To hide the rogue image, click on the restore down button.

This is in the top right hand corner of the window.restore-windows1

Now you will need to move your cursor to the bottom right hand corner of the screen. It will change into a double headed arrow. doublearrow

Click and drag the window until only the video and control bar are visible.


You can change the size of the window before you navigate to the youtube video to avoid any unnecessary sightings!

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