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“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back
My old pal Yoda sounded off in my head as I contemplated my Monday morning struggle. I was out for a quick after school ski on the golf course, enjoying the fresh air, beautiful snow and feeling of exertion as I strode through the tracks, greeting other friendly skiers with a quick hello and a smile. Outdoor exercise – running, biking, skiing, walking – is the best time for me to think. So naturally my mind wandered to my first-thing-in-the-morning FAILURE…
I had worked hard over the weekend to learn how to embed YouTube clips in my PowerPoint presentation about advertising for our annual Superbowl commercial unit. When I unveiled my prized project in a class full of 25 eager 4th graders, I was miserably disappointed in the result. I couldn’t play the videos in whatever funky presentation mode my computer uses when hooked up to the projector and I was too flustered to troubleshoot. Instead, I found a workaround by opening four tabs in Firefox and loading up those videos so I could toggle between my PowerPoint and the videos. At least the kids got the information, right?
Lately I’ve been all too willing to settle for a workaround rather than to stick with it and figure out solutions to my technical difficulties! As my skis carried me around the expertly groomed track, I contemplated the central message of a wonderful book I read with my Kinders and Firsties that afternoon: Rosie Revere, Engineer. This is a terrific story of perseverance, creativity and confidence that helps us remember, “It’s okay to make mistakes – that’s how we learn!”
There’s no time like the present!
So I stuck with it and learned a couple of new things that I’d like to share with you now!
How to Embed YouTube Videos in your PowerPoint Presentation
Ellen Nodine has posted a great tutorial here:
Embedding YouTube Video Into PowerPoint 2013
How to Eliminate the Related Video Tile Screen at the end of the Video
You can do this by typing ?rel=0 at the end of the link that you paste into your property sheets. I was very happy to find out about this trick since I was worried about inappropriate pictures popping up for my students to see.
I figured out this tip while reading this Illuminea Blog Post
The trick they showed was for an embedded video, which I used on My Wikispaces Page. Since the PowerPoint presentation uses the URL and not the Embed link, I experimented and found that if I just put that extra code at the end of the URL it worked! Sweet!
How to Ensure the Videos Will Play PowerPoint is Displayed through the Projector:
This one is easy…
Click the Slide Show tab. Uncheck Use Presenter View.
A tip for using your presentation: Open it ahead of time and scroll through each slide. The videos seem to need some time to load.
Do you have a lesson that could use some embedded videos? Give it a try!!