Thursday, July 26, 2012

Google Drive Video Sharing by Guest Blogger David W. Malone


Effortless Video Sharing via Google Drive
Guest Post by David W. Malone
Twitter: @dwmalone
Blog: dwmalone.org


Tech Coordinator, K-8 Tech Teacher, EB CUE Board, MS Education: EdTech Leadership, Google Apps Evangelist, iOS Guru, Cloud Obsessed, Father of two girls (3 & 5)

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There are many options available for students and teachers wanting to share video content online. At my school, the tool of preference is Google Drive, previously Google Documents. Uploading and sharing videos within our school's Google Apps for Education domain is effortless and perfectly addresses the privacy concerns of our parents, teachers and administrators.

Uploading a video to Google Drive is simple. Users of Google Apps, are probably already experts at the procedure. This translates into very little additional training. To upload a video file, either click on the upload button within Google Docs/Drive or drag and drop a file or folder from the desktop to the Google Documents List. After the upload is completed, it will take a few minutes for Google’s servers to process and encode the video(s). Uploaded videos will attempt to play in the Flash Video format first, but a mobile-friendly Quicktime version is also created on Google’s servers.


Once videos are within Google Drive, they can be shared just like any other Google Doc. This is the feature I appreciate most about this video solution. The nuanced-control of privacy levels allow sharing with a specific user, group of users, a whole Google Apps domain, anyone with the link or the world at large.


Videos within Google Drive also integrate effortlessly with Google Sites. Including a video within a Google Site is a simple and choosing Insert: Video: Google Docs Video.


When including a Google Docs Video in a Google Site, permissions are extremely important. If a video is set as private or requires a Google Apps log in, parents and non-student visitors cannot view it. Depending on your needs, this may or may not be your intent. Unless the video contains something of a private nature or student’s personal information, I typically choose “Anyone with the link.” This assures anyone visiting the page can see the video, but it’s not searchable.

Teachers looking to quickly create a website of student or class video work, has nothing more to do than place videos in folder within Google Drive, change the privacy settings to anyone with the link and share that link with the desired audience.


There is no need to create an actual web page, open Google Sites or do anything else. The shared folder and associated link create results that are quite functional and stunning. This is an example page of a shared Google Drive folder containing Mother’s Day Podcasts my kindergartners made with the help of my graduating 8th grade class.


Benefits:
  • Ease of use, very little training, and deep integration with Google Apps
  • No need for another account or separate log in
  • Multiple privacy settings within local Google Apps domain and world at large
  • Ability to insert videos directly into Google Sites
  • Videos automatically encoded in multiple formats including those suitable for mobile devices
  • Folders with videos, when shared, create a turnkey web page suitable for sharing
Issues:

  • Difficult to embed Google Drive videos outside of Google Sites
  • Potential limitation of upload size and Google Drive capacity
  • Deleting a video from your Google Drive takes it offline for everyone else
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