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Earlier this month, the Mozilla Foundation announced an interesting new free online tool, Popcorn Maker.
Popcorn Maker is an online service that lets people take a video from YouTube, Vimeo or other online source and add layers of extra information. These can be simple things like text, photos and links, but the really interesting ones are the live, interactive ones, such as live twitter feeds and Google maps.
The original video is not modified and doesn’t need to be owned by you either, so you can re-purpose third-party materials to add new learning contexts. A nice feature is that any video edited using Popcorn Maker, can be easily ’remixed’ by others, so people can build on each other’s work.
The tool all runs in a web browser (Mozilla’s Firefox preferred, of course) and works like a very basic video editor. You simply drop elements onto the video timeline and configure them in a side menu.
It looks like a promising tool – imagine a video about a landmark event and being able to browse around a map of the location or read more on the related Wikipedia article, all as part of the video. It will certainly cause people to start to rethink the purpose of video for learning.
I was recently at the JISC-supported Dev8D conference for software/web developers working in UK Higher Education. It was a very useful experience for me because it was an opportunity find out what is happening on the ‘Bleeding Edge’ of Learning Technology and its related fields. Much of the work that I do is necessarily operational (e.g. supporting Moodle, looking into issues, assisting people with Learning Technology questions) and when it isn’t operational it tends to be tied to specific needs, so it was good to go and see what people at other institutions are doing.
The sessions were a mix of introductions and in-depth hands-on sessions and the main theme that came out was Open Linked Data. This is the idea that open data sets can be made available for people to use in innovative ways beyond those conceived by the original author. It is what makes it possible More >