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10/28/2002 Archived Entry: "ESL Grammar: Online Video "Chalk 'n Talk""

I got an interesting email from Brian Rhodes (creator of the TOEFL Prep Center, and much more) last week, which included a link to some new content he's been working on.

Chalk and Talk: the old fashioned way to teach! includes a selection of interactive lectures on topics in English grammar. They are presented in QuickTime format within an interface made using Hot Potatoes software.

I think this is great work and hope to see many other instructors following Brian's lead.

Do you have some interesting online content to share? Send email to oncall@duber.com.

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Just an addition to Jim's entry: I am quite excited about integrating VideoClixĂ technology into these videos. VideoClixĂ allows digital video to be clickable; that is, you can make ojects (even moveable ones!) clickable, which can bring up text (great for subtitles and explanations) or links to URLs. You can learn more about VideoClixĂ at: http://www.videoclix.com.

Posted by Brian Rhodes @ 10/28/2002 02:21 PM PST

I see--so, that's how you added the interactive "hot spots" to your video clips. Neat.

I'm not familiar with VideoClix software. But after a quick look around their website, it seems to offer an easy way for adding clickable areas to QuickTime video. The software requires a Macintosh computer during the authoring stage, but playback is cross-platform. There's a free "lite" version.

Other software to consider include:

Flash MX

Live Stage Pro (Mac only)

Posted by Jim Duber @ 10/28/2002 03:15 PM PST

Brian's Chalk and Talk site is great indeed! What a useful tool for online and hybrid language courses. Thanks for sharing it!

Please tell me more about the interface frame structure in which you embed the video, the text links and the HP exercises... Is this an authoring tool that you have devised, Brian? Is there a tool that's been developed somewhere that lets an instructor easily put together such a video lesson/text support/assessment for students?

Posted by Mark Mankowski @ 10/29/2002 07:24 PM PST

I believe the frame structure is created and controlled via the VideoClix software that Brian is using. Take a look at their website. You'll find information, samples and demos on the software. It requires a Macintosh for authoring. Easy? I haven't tried it, but the screenshots make it look pretty easy if you have experience with timeline-based authoring. Give it a try! There's a free demo.

Posted by Jim Duber @ 10/30/2002 02:22 PM PST

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