YouTube and other online streaming video sources provide incredible opportunities for teachers to share real-world content with students and break down the walls of their classrooms. Unfortunately, live streaming video can also sometimes be problematic for a few reasons:
- Buffering issues – Slow buffering and slow internet speeds can be frustrating in a classroom setting. Students tend to lose interest when videos are lagging, and teachers can lose momentum in lessons.
- Saving links – Keeping track of links to various videos online can be tedious and confusing. Reusing videos year after year can prove problematic if videos are no longer available online or teachers lose links.
- Embedding – Embedding live streaming videos is only available in a few web 2.0 programs, and difficult to do in a number of programs such as PowerPoint.
KeepVid provides teachers with a simple solution to these problems: download and save your videos! Simply enter the URL of any video on YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Facebook, and a host of other online sources. Then click to download and save a copy of the video to your hard drive.
Easy as that! Now you have copies of all live streaming videos to play in class without buffering issues, to embed into presentations easily, and to save for future usage. Plus, Keepvid provides a bookmarklet option that lets you download videos from your web browser toolbar (find this at the top of the Keepvid homepage).
Happy downloading, y’all!