Using EmbedPlus - YouTube Videos as Educational Tools

Our core features could help teachers focus students on relevant parts of existing videos and allow them to add extended material. See our initial ideas below:

Chapter/Scene Skipping

Videos often have specific segments or turning points that viewers may wish to jump back and forth to, especially after the first view. A video could span multiple topics and/or contain different speakers. Teachers can mark each turning point for easy navigation using the jump buttons on the player. Alternatively, if a video has certain 'skippable' parts that are not relevant to the desired lesson, the beginning of the relevant parts could be marked for direct access to them.

Movable Zoom and Slow Motion

These are the other DVD-like controls. They can be particularly valuable for science and nature videos in which students are to make observations. To illustrate, a video might contain experiments and chemical reactions that may happen too quickly for normal playback. Slow motion and zoom offers students a chance to get a closer and clearer understanding of the event. They can also provide greater accessibility that some students might need for viewing text and other objects within a video.

Third Party Annotations

Teachers might wish to offer additional information beyond what is presented in a video. Such information could be effectively displayed using annotations that popup at user-defined times. EmbedPlus offers such a feature for third-parties--i.e. anyone that wishes to embed a video. While annotations/captions are also possible through YouTube, they can only be added by a user with access to the video's channel. EmbedPlus complements YouTube in this way. You will also find that with EmbedPlus' annotations, the control bar of the player displays the text to avoid blocking the video screen and possibly distracting viewers.

Real-time Reactions

This optional feature displays Digg, Google+, Reddit, YouTube and Twitter reactions right inside the player. We are speculating that some comments from these sites can offer students useful viewpoints from others that have viewed a video, particularly those outside the students' classroom. This of course depends on the nature of the commenters and tweeters.

Show our ideas above some support:

These are just our initial thoughts. We are also beginning to explore the use of our player in enhancing popular types of web activities and applications. For example, have you ever wondered how to pronounce difficult English words? We're building a video-based pronunciation tool.