So , I am sitting here doing my monthly round of nerding out as I read through the Tech & Learning magazine, always with teachers on my brain. Some of the stuff in here is a bit too nerdy for me, I admit (particularly when they start using the big words like "extractor" and "interface"). But every month I do get lots of ideas to share...and I get Mary Katherine Gallagher excited about it (ha not really...no plaid skirt splits...but close). The April issue did not disappoint. The biggest thing that has caught my eye as far as being a usable tool for my teachers is ViewPure. Sweet genius where was this little piece of techno goodness when I taught second grade. I always, ALWAYS, no matter what video I was trying to show from YouTube, ALWAYS ended up with some inappropriate ad or video suggestion at the end of it (way to go school district filters, right?). Eventually, I learned how to download videos from YouTube to work around some of these issues but that is not a skill I like to pass around to just anyone because of copyright and people getting their feelings hurt and yada yada yada.
Enter, ViewPure. Before, you would see a lot of ads on the right hand side of your screen while watching a YouTube video. This made it challenging for some students to focus on the content at hand. It also made for some awkward moments in my primary classroom (especially at Halloween when all kinds of "ghosts caught on camera" video suggestions would pop up when I would show anything even remotely related to Halloween).
So, now with ViewPure you go and grab the URL of the video you want to show. Then, click Purify.
And BAM...video with no ads, no junk floating around to distract. Just your video. GENIUS!
But WAIT!!!! That's not all this little beauty does. Now, you can use ViewPure as a YouTube search engine and cut out the middle man. You can search videos on YouTube through ViewPure and instantly you have beautifully uncluttered videos for your viewing pleasure. And you can customize the search settings (strict, etc.). Love, love, love this!!!
Hi! My name is Allison Barton, a former elementary school teacher turned Technology Integration Specialist at Greenville High School in Greenville, South Carolina. I have been teaching for 11 years and have relied on technology during that time to excite, engage, and educate my students (both young and old). I also enjoy very much sharing my knowledge about technology with other teachers.