Although I am very excited about using Google Apps for Education for school communication and collaboration I can honestly say that I am not at all happy that I can’t just simply copy embed code over to a Google Document or paste it directly into Google Sites and expect to see results. Well, I think that I have figured out a pretty good work around for at least creating video tutorials. The reason why this is so important is because I have to convince a whole bunch of people to start collaborating very quickly. I’m not sure that I know a better way of doing that other than creating specific tutorials and then putting them into a collaborative space that begs for feedback (i.e., Google Sites).
So, here is what I did:
Step 1: Record your tutorial using ScreenToaster and then upload it directly to Screentoaster. Once this is completed, you will be taken to the video with the correct URL.
Step 2: Copy the video ID, which looks something like this:
Step 3: Head on over to your google site and edit a page you want to put the video into.
Step 4: Insert a Gadget (click on insert and then “more”)
Step 5: Search for the embed flash gadget, or simply use this URL to access it directly.
Step 6: Input the following information into the fields you are presented with:
(The URL of the flash is http://www.screentoaster.com/swf/STPlayer.swf and the Flash Vars is “video=paste_your_video_id_here” (without quotations))
Step 7: Click okay and save
This will allow you to create very quick tutorials on any subject and then embed them into your Google Site. I would say that this is much harder to do than simply copy and pasting some embed code, but I think that I will go through a little bit of greif in order to make sure that teachers and students can collaborate easily without having to worry about yet another login to access a wiki tool that allows for a simple embed.