Speaking of videos, I’ve been watching a variety of TED videos lately. Videos about the cognitive development of play, plastics floating in our oceans, artificial legs and more. These videos function as short or long learning objects that can be embedded in your course site, or as a repository for a scavenger hunt. The videos show speakers who are passionate about their topics and demonstrate how these ideas relate to real like. This can promote student engagement in a topic, and perhaps provide some context for the students. Students who appreciate a range of ideas, or simply a different presentation style will also benefit from supplementing readings with talks.
On their site, you can browse according to theme , by speaker, date, popularity, or search the tags (descriptors) for the different talks. To embed a video in an HTML page or blog posting (like I’ve done below), find a video you wish to share and click on the share button below the video. You’ll get a new screen over the video, with the option to embed or link to the talk, each with a line of automatically generated code. To Embed, click on the “copy” button, go to your HTML page or blog posting, and paste that code. Voila!