How to set up a video resource blog
In most staff rooms when a teacher comes across a video with teaching potential news gets around by word of mouth. This sort of sharing is of course jolly helpful, and benefits everyone … that is, everyone who happens to be in the right staff room at the right time.
Last academic year, the English Department of the Servei de Llengües UAB decided to facilitate the sharing process a little bit more by setting up a video resource blog. You can have a butcher’s hook (US Eng: check it out) at how it turned out here.
The idea was simple: to create a blog, and then encourage teachers to publish any interesting video-finds so that the whole department could benefit from them. We chose Posterous as a blogging platform because it enables posting via email, something that even the most tech-reluctant of teachers wouldn’t find too intrusive. Posting via email basically means that when a teacher wants to post a video the only thing they have to do is send the blog an email of its URL. The video content is then automatically embedded in a new post, which takes as its title the Subject of the email.
To see how easy is it to post a video to a Posterous blog via email here’s a short tutorial!
There’s not much more to it than that really. But before I sign off here’s a couple of tips you might like to bear in mind if you decide to set up your own video blog.
Once videos start coming through, be a little careful with the nomenclature of your tags. Things can get awfully messy if teachers are posting videos on the same theme but using a variety of different tags, e.g. Food, Eating habits, Diet etc. You will probably want to appoint somebody to be responsible for making sure there is no duplicating of concepts, which may require a little manual editing from within the blog itself.
Care should also be taken with the syntax of emails. The slightest divergence from the example below (e.g. not closing the brackets in the subject field) will result in a fail mail. It may be worth posting this up on your staff room wall as a reminder.
That’s all for now! Cheerio!