Video is quickly becoming a popular instructional tool in today's technology rich classrooms. Many platforms do not have many interactive features and tools; however, a new tool that I found - called Timeline.ly - provides teachers with a way of creating dynamic learning experiences through the power of video and interaction. Timeline.ly is a free tool to annotate YouTube videos with text, links, and photos.
How does it work?
First, copy and paste the URL of your into Timelinely
Next, make sure that you create a Timelinely account, so that you can add annotations. You can add annotations containing text, animated GIF's, maps, hyperlinks, and photos. Place as many as you would like in your video.
Finally, when you are finished, publish your annotated video and share the link with students! Students do not need an account to view your videos.
How could I use this?
If you were flipping your classroom, you could add interactive components to capture your student's attentions. For example, why not add a Google Form to collect the observations of students after watching a portion of a clip? Add a link to a website for further investigation or the link to a Google Earth location, for a tour of an area.
There are infinite possibilities with this tool. You just have to think it up, annotate, and make it happen!