Student Video Projects

While putting together some notes on our introductory session for faculty in the Willoughby Program, I started making a list of recent class projects that make use of some of the technologies. These videos were created as part of the Mike Fratantuono’s class, “The Global Economy”. Students used IMovie to explain a topic of their choosing on globalization. We’ll talk about the assignment that was given to students, the training, and the rubric he used for assessment.

Univision comes to YouTube

YouTube is looking to compete with other rising sites such as Hulu for the internet TV market.   They took a big step today by signing a deal with Univision.

Wired on Univision and YouTube

There’s certainly no shortage of video on the web, and it may not be long before we begin questioning the need for satellite progamming altogether.  In addition to having the videos available on any computer, they also become archived and searchable.

Google Search Updates

Google has updated two of it’s search function in ways that will make it easier for language teachers to find content.

Google Video now allows for a language specific search in the advanced form.  It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s still a great time saver.

Google labs is working on using image recognition for the image search function.  This is particularly useful when you’re searching for a keyword that can have multiple meanings.  “Paris” as in the capital of France or Paris Hilton is one of the examples given.  Now users can select the image that suits their keyword, and similar images will be shown.

Europeana Launched

Europeana aims to gather and digitized the collections of some of Europe’s largest libraries, archives, and museums.  Their website is still in beta; however, the collection is already quite extensive.

It’s well worth the time to do some quick searches to see what resources are available. The images are not of the same quality that you would find in our Artstor subscription (, though the collection itself is larger and includes audio and video as well.

Other sources you may be interested in:

  • Flickr (Photo sharing site.  Most images in creative commons.  High quality photos, everyday life)
  • ccMixter (Repository for music, most of which is generously licensed under a Creative Commons. Great for Podcast intro music etc.)
  • Creative Commons Search (Search several popular web resources for creative commons resources)
  • Blip TV (similar to YouTube, but much smaller and higher quality video)