Friday 21 October 2011

Create Online Social Interaction Around Videos

YouTube continues to be the biggest and one of the most useful video resources on the Internet, but creating online tasks and interaction with YouTube videos can be complex and time consuming, that's why it's always great to come across really useful sites like Grockit.

Grockit provides a really simple and fast way to build social tasks and interaction around any video from YouTube and it does it in a way that is much more suitable for delivery to students, as the interface removes many of the distractions that a direct link to YouTube would include.

Here's a quick example to show you what I mean: Married Life

Creating a Grockit
Creating an activity is very quick and easy though you will need to register and sign in (and so will your students).

Grockit starts with a simple field that you can use to either search for a video using key words or if you already have a video in mind you can just enter the URL.

Once you see your video in the search results you can click to make either a public or private Q&A.
Your video will then appear framed on the page and you just need to add a few questions to get things started. You type these into the field on the top left of your screen.  If you play through the video and pause at specific moments, the question will appear at that point in the video.

The last thing you need to do is to share the video by clicking on the 'Share this page' button. This will give you a URL that you can share with your students.

Then when students play the video the questions will appear below it as they watch. They will be able to answer the questions and add their own.

Lastly, as a bonus if you click on 'Moderate Q&A on this video' at the bottom of the page, you can create play lists, moderate submissions to the Q&A and even get an embed code to add the tasks to other materials.

All really simple and done in just a few minutes. Of course the difficult part is getting the right video and choosing good questions.

What I like about it
  • This is a great way to create interaction around a video clip
  • It's really quick and easy to create a task
  • Students can access it from home or anywhere else
  • Students can add their own questions
  • Great to time questions to specific points in the video
  • It's a nice clean interface with few distractions
  • You can set up your own playlists and moderate them
  • It even has an embed code to add the tasks to other materials

Grockit is a great free tool for creating online interaction that's social and communicative. I hope you enjoy using it and create lots of useful activities for your students.

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Nik Peachey


Dani Lyra said...

Thank you very much! I have just sent my online learners ( English for Travel) a link with a video about top five destinations in Brazil.I asked them to suggest the sixth and post questions to the other students in the group. I also found the very same video on English central. I have high hopes that this wonderful group of adult learners will interact and learn a lot from your suggestion.

Ruth Mendoza said...

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for devoting your time to guide the teachers to teach English, using the technological tools. The use of Grockit is wonderful the students to post the answer to the question the teacher addresses and get them off from any distraction. Gracias Ruth

Unknown said...

This is amazing! I'm in the process of helping a nonprofit org move some of their face to face curriculum to an online format and they are going LOVE this!

Renee Rutgrink said...

Fantastic! I've been waiting for something like this. Can't wait to try it out with my students :)

Rich said...

This is brilliant. I have just guided the students to set up a class blog and this will now be a great extension. Thanks for this