Created by Brad Hosak, the New Media Developer for the University of Minnesota, VideoANT combines streaming video with time synchronized text annotations. As a video plays in the application window, annotations are seen to the right of the video and a timeline is shown below the video, marking where each of the annotations start. Once the video playhead reaches a mark in the timeline, the corresponding annotation on the right is highlighted.
Here is an example of the embedded version of VideoANT (one you could place in your moodle shell!):
Interested? Getting started is easy. You start by going here and entering the link of a streaming video (youtube, or other streaming servers/services), your email, and the title of the project you want to create into these fields:
For instance, if you wanted them to watch a video segment on the civil war, you could place annotations throughout the video that would help them see how a certain portion of the video relates to what they have been learning in class. Or you could require your students to create their own VideoANT project where they are the ones that have to perform the annotating.The video they use could even be a video that you used in a previous VideoANT project.
There are some limiting factors to VideoANT:
- The video has to already by streaming from somewhere on the internet.
- Videos have to be a .flv, .mov, or a youtube video.
- If you hand out the editing url of a project, then anyone who has access to it can edit or delete any annotations.