Keepvid is a website which allows you to download videos directly from such sites as YouTube and Google Video and play them offline through a dedicated player, thus avoiding the possibility of your pupils being exposed to inappropriate material live on the web. Follow these instructions to get started:
- Copy the link from the webpage which contains the video you want to download e.g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueRqGzwMjEI and select the site you are using from the dropdown menu e.g YouTube
- Click DOWNLOAD
- Click Download Link
- Click Save
- Choose where to download the video
- Change the File Name to the name of the video you are downloading and add the extension .flv at the end. e.g Bebo_The_Movie.flv
- Download and install the FLV player from the website here
- The video file should now have changed its icon to a blue square with white background and you should be able to launch it by double clicking on it.
The video 'Bebo The Movie' was made by Allan Dixon, a digital media student from Dublin City University and is a metaphorical representation of the consequences of using the social networking site Bebo, popular with many of our pupils, but blocked in most schools (rightly so in my opinion). I discovered the film thanks to a Ewan McIntosh post and I thought it would be a useful discussion starter in a forthcoming PSHE lesson on rules, regulations and internet safety.
For MFL teachers, videos can be a very useful way of bringing language and culture straight into our classrooms. Keepvid is a way of ensuring that we show only the content we want to show and don't run the risk of giving our pupils access to anything else. We must clearly respect copyright though and only use material which is copyright free.