Short videos on a topic of interest are useful tools for using in the classroom. YouTube has a plethora of educational videos that will add value to your lessons. The problem a lot of teachers face is that YouTube also contains a lot of content that is not appropriate for young children. Consequently YouTube is blocked by quite a number of educational institutions.
I’ve often wanted to save a video from YouTube to play in the classroom. Benefits of having the video saved on your computer are that you can play it even if the internet is down, you can store it in a topic file making it easy to find and if the video is taken off the internet you always have a copy.
I’ve always wanted to save the David Attenborough video about seed dispersal from this post. I came across this site, Zamzar, that enables you to download videos from Youtube. You do not have to sign up to use Zamzar or download any software. I also like that it has a number of different formats that you can save the original video in. The YouTube videos tend to save in a FLV format which won’t play in the Windows Media Player I have installed on my classroom computer. I’ve saved the files in a mp4 format and this will work in Windows Movie Player. Below is walk through of how to use Zambar.
Step 5: Within a few minutes (in my experience) an email will be sent to your email address. This email will include a link to where to download your newly converted video. Click this link. You will be directed back to the Zamzar download page. **IMPORTANT: Zamzar only keeps the download link online for a day so be sure to download the file as soon as possible.**
Youconvertit can also be used for the same use. I could not get the website to work after the first download though. I’m not sure if it was an issue with the applet or a problem with the website. There is no option for file format changes also. The bonus is it downloads directly to your computer so eliminates the need to open your email.
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