I don’t know about y’all (yes, I’m from Texas), but just sitting at my desk passively watching a video on how to do something just doesn’t help me process or retain new information. I need to be able to pause, try a skill, and then continue with the tutorial. I need to add my own thoughts, connections, and ways to implement an idea in the same place where the video is stored. My search for a tool that would meet these needs soon turned into a lightbulb moment. Students need this same opportunity when participating in a flipped classroom environment. Active, as opposed to passive, video viewing will allow students the opportunity to organize their thoughts in a visual way, thus allowing teachers the ability to guide thinking during the learning process. I’m absolutely positive that this is not a new idea, and many of you out there are probably utilizing tools with these specific features.
The one tool I am most impressed with is BrainPop’s Make-a-Map Concept Mapping Tool. Here is a brief description from their website:
BrainPOP’s new Make-a-Map™ is an open ended tool can be used to take notes, organize ideas, create stories, study and much more. Unlike other concept mapping tools, the Make-a-Map allows students to embed video moments from BrainPOP animations in each individual node! Clicking the play button in each node allows students to replay clips!
This is a fabulous tool, however, it’s not free and you can only use it with BrainPop’s video content. I would love to be able to use this same interface with content from YouTube or Vimeo. So, I need your help. I’ve started a Listly list and added the few that I think would work for this particular task. Please feel free to add anything to the list below, as well as comments in the description box.