Tech Tuesday: Embedding Videos

Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday.  Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology. 

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You can embed videos (e.g. YouTube) into your PowerPoint presentations, Learning Management System (LMS), or even a website.  This will allow the videos to be played without opening a dedicated browser tab.  In order for this to work the video’s source website will need to provide embed code.  YouTube does this nicely and will be the example in this post.

First, you need to grab the embed code from YouTube.  Don’t be scared.  To find the code, click Share (below the video you want to embed).  Then click Embed.  Then copy the code.  The code may look intimidating, but your programs will know just how to read it.  All you have to do is copy and paste it in the right place for each application.

Within PowerPoint 2010, go to Insert -> Video.  Click the dropdown arrow below the video button and choose Video from Web Site.  Paste the embed code you copied from YouTube.  This functionality is currently broken in PowerPoint 2013 and Microsoft hasn’t fixed it yet.

Within your LMS, add an item like normal, but switch to HTML mode and paste your code in the editor.  I’m going to embed a video in this blog post showing you how to do it in Blackboard, which is the LMS that we use.

As always, YouTube is a great place to get a demo of how to do something.  I even used it to be sure that I correctly added the video to this blog post.  If you have a Word Press blog, you can watch the video I used here.

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