Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Google Apps for Education's Video Component


Google Video is a good solution for in-district tightly controlled video sharing. One hundred people at a time can be added to upload video, and video can be shared with everyone within the domain, or groups of people within the domain, much like sharing for Google Docs (though more restricted). Video may not be published outside the domain using this service.  For that purpose, signing up for YouTube for Schools would be a good idea. Here's some information about it. To see a school making great use of their YouTube Channel, check out Manor New Tech High School's channel. WOW!

As far as the size limit (stated as 10 GB) on the Google Video account, I have had the pleasure of working with Google's Senior Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap, many times. Jaime says frequently, "If your school can hit that limit, call me. I want to see that." According to Jaime, no school has ever hit that limit.

Here's why: The 10 GB is not counting the size of each video you upload the same way you do on the hard drive of your machine. A single video on your hard drive could easily be 10 GB, but Google is counting an optimized size that is impossible to determine as far as I know. However, some huge universities use Google Video, for example, Arizona State University, and they have not hit this limit. I will step out there and say that I would be utterly shocked if you guys could hit the limit and even more shocked if Google didn't give you more space if you did.

Most likely you're reading this because your district's budget for the expensive video server you want to have to were going to buy has gone away, but the good news is, there are free solutions that may be even better.

Here's a little video that will show you how this all looks in real life:

8 comments:

Jennifer Boyd said...

I just read that Google is phasing out Google Video.

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20120705/D9VQV9I03.html

It's the last two paragraphs.

Since they bought youtube everything is being transferred there.

Amy Mayer said...

I see that in the article consumer products like iGoogle are the focus. I don't know if this product is being phased out for the educational platform or not. Let's hope not!

Whitney said...

I had no idea that you could upload so many videos to one channel! I checked out Manor New Tech's channel and it seems jammed packed with videos made by students! I think that is so great that they are using videos as a means to collaborate and I loved that they had a "school spirit" tab on there!

Unknown said...

I'm have students upload their videos to their Google Drive accounts and share them that way. They can even add them to Google Sites with ease. I love this workflow because it doesn't require a separate account like YouTube and it respects Google Docs sharing settings. For example, if a video is upload to Google Drive and shared with users within the domain (on a Google site, etc.), there's no issue with parents whining about student work and videos of students accessible to the public at large. Perhaps this is only an issue with my parents because I work with K-8 students.

Amy Mayer said...

David, That's a beautiful technique. Thanks for sharing. I'll be passing that idea along!

Unknown said...

It's also really helpful to put all student videos for a project in one folder within Google Drive and then share the folder with parents. Gives visitors a pretty slick looking interface and you don't even have to create a page to host the files. I usually give permission to view the folder to anyone with the link figuring no creep will happen across a random url and also parents can share projects with relatives and friends without having to worry about access.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B52X7Mj2Q-JdcUhtN0VyREpMdTg

These are Mother's Day podcasts my kindergarteners made with the help of our 8th graders.

All I needed to do was drag all the files to a folder and share. And that's a SLAM! ;)

Amy Mayer said...

David, Would you email me using the "Contact Form" link in the top right? You gave me a great idea!! I want to see if you think it's a great idea too.

Unknown said...

Why, it's like they'll have the chance to host a video site at about the same quality as a ny video production house.