Over the past year, my district has been switching a lot of services to Google for Education, I am sure for good reasons that at the time of this writing I am not privy to. Nonetheless, we have been encouraged to starting using these tools as the old systems are slowly going away. One of the tools that I use on a daily basis with my students is Google Drive (Drive). I do really enjoy the simplicity of how well it works and is fairly easy to use. I am in the process of migrating all of my network stored files that are used by my classes over to my Google Drive. While moving most files is a pretty simple copy, paste and delete procedure, I store a large collection of classroom lecture videos there as well. The main problem with these videos is moving and relinking them. It is to this end that I am simply posting my new videos to Drive and then linking them to my online course pages. I recently discovered that I could build embed code fairly easily which allows for my videos to be played on any device at an appropriate size. This method will work with .mp4, .wmw and .mov files which are the most common formats used for recording video footage. While this method does take a few more steps than uploading to YouTube, if you are on an educational enterprise system, it helps to prevent your videos from being blocked by the Chrome/Google automated filtering system that blocks content too broadly without any mechanism to verify or remove blocks. Additionally, individual teacher retain control over who can see/find their video content.
- Upload your video to Google Drive
- Right-click the video and choose “Share…”
- Make sure sharing is set to “Anyone who has the link can view”
- Copy the “Link to share” from the box at the top of the dialog
- Click “Done”
- Paste and open the link in a new tab or browser
- At the top of the screen, click the icon with three vertical dots and choose “Embed item…”
- Copy the embed code and paste into your site’s HTML.
This isn’t a new method, it has been around for about a year, but a recent update to the available display formats makes it much more useful to educators.