Four school video tools worth exploring

These school video products and services caught our eye at TCEA 2014

video-tools-schoolA free library of instructional videos that comes with a powerful search tool for finding just what you want, and a platform for editing video collaboratively in the cloud, were among the most notable school video tools on display at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) annual conference in Austin last week.

Here’s a description of the top video tools that caught our eye during TCEA 2014.


Screen shot 2014-02-11 at 10.52.12 AMCreated by 22-year-old Sumner Murphy, Mobento is a video learning platform that curates content from world-class instructors and institutions such as Stanford, Yale, Khan Academy, and TED.

The website includes more than 4,200 instructional videos arranged in 26 categories; most are about 10 minutes long. Free apps for iOS and Android devices allow users to search for, download, and watch videos on a mobile device, which works well for students with limited internet access at home.

The site’s main innovation is a search tool that lets you search for keywords mentioned in the videos. For example, if you search for “dinosaur” and “bones,” the search tool will show you a list of videos that mention these words. A color-coded bar graph under each search result tells you how frequently each keyword is mentioned within that particular clip. If you click on a search result, a timeline beneath the video shows exactly where in the clip each word is spoken, so you can skip immediately to the most relevant parts of the video.

Mobento’s library of video content is free for users to access, but the company also sells school accounts that let you create courses, assign videos to students, and monitor their progress.

Dennis Pierce

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