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Book of the month - September 2014

Bringing online video into the classroom

Jamie Keddie, OUP;












 Many language students have a video camera in their mobile phone, and can create and share videos through websites such as YouTube. So this is a good time to bring out a book on online videos aimed at teachers of learners aged six to sixteen. Four sections cover hardware and software, video content, teaching ideas and, finally, students and teachers using video cameras themselves to create content. The author is enthusiastic and describes the steps of finding videos, embedding them in an online platform and editing them. The book contains around 150 practical activities, including ‘videotelling’ (interactive storytelling with video) and familiar techniques such as ‘sound-down’. The guide to file formats (like .mp4 and .mov) is especially useful; the list of online resources is extensive. A solid 160-page guide.