EduTube FAQ

  1. Can I download a video and watch it offline / on my iPod / on my PSP?
  2. Where can I find more educational videos?
  3. How do I add educational videos / podcasts to EduTube?
  4. Why is the video / podcast I submitted not showing?
  5. How do I make the videos I add private / for a limited audience?
  6. I want to add a video / podcast from a website which is not supported. How do I do that?
  7. How do I find a specific video / podcast?
  8. What are Groups? / How do I create my own Group?
  9. Where can I find a list of educational videos / podcasts I have submitted?
  10. My search returns no results

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Note: uploading new videos has been temporarily disabled. In the meantime it is still possible to add links to existing videos from sites such as YouTube.

1. Can I download a video and watch it offline on a mobile phone / iPod / PSP / DVD Player?

All videos have a download link in the topright corner, which allows you to download the video through the keepvid service. An excellent free video player is VLC Player. It plays just about any type of video format and can also convert videos (such as for mobile phones, iPods, PSPs, etc.)

For more information:

For more information on video conversion a good website is http://www.videohelp.com, for example if you wish to learn more about converting .FLV files (used by sites such as YouTube) into file formats such as .avi, .mpg or .mov.

 

2. Where can I find more educational videos?

These are some of the best websites for finding educational videos:

 

3. How do I add educational videos / podcasts to EduTube?

Find the 'Add' menu on the left and select either Video or Podcast. You will find a list of websites from which you can submit videos. Make sure that you post the actual link to the video or podcast from the hosting website, and not the 'embed code'. For example, a video from YouTube may have the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs. Registered users do not need to fill in a 'CAPTCHA' to check that you are human and not a spammer, so adding videos and podcasts is easier. It is also a good idea to register in case you wish to edit your submissions at a later stage.

Please try to fill out as much information on your submission as possible, so that other users will be able to find it more easily.

Submission guidelines:

  • Give credit: Give credit to the original author(s).
  • Links: It is always a good idea to insert links in the description of your submission to similar videos or podcasts on EduTube which could be of interest to the viewer or listener. When inserting a link to a page within EduTube, it is important that you remove the language reference, for example, change:

    "http://edutube.org/en/video/elephant-paints-self-portrait" to "http://edutube.org/video/elephant-paints-self-portrait"

    i.e. remove the "en/" (=English) part. Otherwise, someone clicking on that link will always go to the English version of the website and leave the language that they are currently in.

  • Teaser: You can seperate the description into a "teaser" and "main body" sections using the right-most icon of the toolbar where you are entering the text. The "teaser" is the short description you see for each video, and should generally be limited to one sentence.

Note: in order for your video to be accepted, it needs to be educational, of relatively good quality, and have a meaningful description.

 

4. Why is the video / podcast I submitted not showing?

Please note that all submissions are normally reviewed for inclusion on the website within 24 hours. However, note that EduTube has strict criteria for accepting videos and podcasts.

If the video or podcast you submitted is not playing, please check the following:

  • Is the website supported? 

Check that the website you are linking to is supported (the supported websites are shown below the box where you insert the link). See also - adding videos/podcasts from non-supported websites.

  • Is embedding enabled?

It may be that embedding has been disabled (this is quite common on YouTube). In this case, post the link anyway, and in the description insert a link to the original video on the hosting website.

  • Did you link the video correctly?

If the website is supported, it may be that you did not insert the correct link. You need to insert the link which is shown in your browser's "Address bar". See also the more detailed guidelines for specific websites below.

  • Google Video: If the video is not showing, check in the hosting website if the video has the YouTube logo in the bottom-right corner. If this is the case, you need to use the YouTube link instead of the Google Video link. You can find it by clicking on “More info” to the right of the video (above the description). The video link (URL) should appear below.

 

5. How do I make the videos I add private / for a limited audience?

First create a group and select how you wish to moderate group membership. Then, add the videos from within your group homepage. You can also edit existing videos and add them to your group (you can find your videos under "My Account" -> "Track") . When videos become part of your group, you can choose whether or not you wish the videos to be viewable by the public. 

 

6. I want to add a video / podcast from a website which is not supported. How do I do that?

If the website is not supported, you can either:

  • See if you can find the same video / podcast in a website which is supported such as on YouTube (popular videos can often be found on more than one hosting website).
  • Submit the video / podcast anyway even though it is not supported, then in the message body post a link to the video / podcast. The video will not be 'embedded' in EduTube but people can still watch it in the hosting website.
  • If there are no copyright restrictions preventing you from doing so, you can upload the video through the Video Upload service.

 

7. How do I find a specific video / podcast?

  1. Use the search box in the top left corner of the EduTube website.
  2. Use the Sitemap (in the top menu), which is useful to find educational media by category, language, duration etc. 
  3. For more advanced search options, click on Search options (in the left menu). You can narrow down your search by specifying the Category (e.g. “Biology”), Video Type (e.g. "Documentary"), Duration (e.g. “1-5 minutes”) or Educational Level (e.g. "Primary School").

You can also search for Podcasts (although the number of Podcasts is still quite small).

Note that entering keywords is optional. So if for example you want to find educational videos of “Animals/Wildlife”, go to Videos, select “Animals/Wildlife” (under categories), and click “Search”. Then you can sort the videos by Title, Video length, Submission date and Views per day.

For more options, use the advanced search (and select "advanced" in the search screen).

Videos in EduTube can be sorted by views per day. This is a fairer ranking of videos compared to 'most views', because sorting by most views gives precedence to older videos which have collected more views over time.

 

8. What are Groups? / How do I create my own Group?

Groups are places where you can find videos and podcasts of a certain theme. You can subscribe to a group if you wish to be updated when new posts appear. Subscribing will also enable you to contribute videos/podcasts to the group.

To create your own group, click on “Group” and then select the “Start New Group” option that appears below it.

 

9. Where can I find a list of educational videos / podcasts I have submitted?

Go to “My Account” in the left menu. Then in the top menu click on “Track”.

 

10. My search returns no results

If your search does not return any results, you may have more luck if you use Search options. Note that you do not need to enter any keywords. You can simply select the category, video type, video length and/or educational level you are interested in and then click 'Search'.

If we find that a particular subject is often searched for and no videos on this subject exist on EduTube, we will actively 'scout' the Internet to find videos on this subject and add them to EduTube. Of course, you can also add some videos yourself.