How to download movies from YouTube (etc)

This one came to me from Lifehacker, one of my favourite RSS feeds. You want to download a movie from YouTube (etc) in order to be able to play it back later…

(Before you do that for class, I'd — as always — ask, is that a good investment of your time…? Are your learners going to learn more, as a result…?)

Lifehacker explains how, and what you need (a Firefox extension, basically…)

How to…

Here's a website you might get a fun lesson out of, wikihow.com.

Spotted recently:

As with anything you might find on the Internet, ask yourself whether you are not going to break any cultural tabus, etc, there.

Garage (aka car boot) sales are something you might have to explain — they are totally unheard of in Spain, for example.

What could you do with it?

  • Introduce the topic in some way… "I've got this friend who's utterly unromantic, who's dating this girl who is very romantic and he was asking me for some advice (knowing what a romantic person I am… ,-)"
  • Get the students to brainstorm a list of ideas
  • Pyramid the discussion (move from pairs to fours, from fours to eights, etc)
  • Get them to go to the site and read the article
  • Etc

The "etc" is particularly important, I would suggest. What are your learners going to do with the information they find — I'd say that's a vital question. Posting their ideas, and commenting on them, on a class blog is one thing they could do with it…

Don't search
Wikihow is one of the things I have on my Google personalised home page. In that way, I don't go looking for things on wikihow — they come to me.

Muddiest points, 10 August

A number of the "muddiest points" from the session(s) on August 10 I've answered previously, so I will direct you to answers that you'll find here on this blog:

In a separate post, I've answered the question "Why bother with technology?"

And finally, someone wanted to know how to find things on Google. I would argue that they didn't mean Google, they meant finding things on the Internet

Muddiest points, 16 June

There were various "muddiest points" in today's session regarding blogs and blogging

Again, for some of these there were already answers on this blog, so I'll point you there for some of them:

How do you set up a blog?
There are lots of providers of blogging services, with Blogger.com being one of the best known. Here's how to set a blog up with Blogger; here's how to set a blog up at Zoomblog, which is what this blog used to use; and here's a comparison of the two.

Note that if you're not that confident with technology, Blogger may prove just slightly easier for you.

If you want a really simple, really basic blog, then an alternative would be Yahoo 360º, for which you'd need a Yahoo account.

How blogging can be useful in English teaching
I'll point you to a previous post to answer the question what can you do with a blog?

More about blogs and blogging
To learn more about the subject, you have further links in the sidebar.

And one last "muddiest point" for today…
Why is blogging so cool and innovative?

Muddiest points, 6 April

Not surprisingly, as we had no Internet connection, and I couldn't show you what a blog is, "blogs" was the muddiest point for the session this morning. Always have a "Plan B", as I suggested!

Specifically, someone said "the way in which blogs can be useful in English teaching". In a previous post, I suggested some of the things that you can do with a blog

Do feel free to use the "comments" link that you will find below each of the posts on this blog, by the way!

In previous posts I've also explained how to set a blog up, both on Blogger.com and on Zoomblog.

Two others — which a 90-minute session really doesn't give us time to look at properly — were RSS and podcasting.

And finally, difficulties with the terminology, something lots of people find hard — but which shouldn't put you off using technology!