One technology tool that I have found to be very helpful as a student and can also see it being helpful as a teacher is the video note app on google. It allows you to take notes on any video with a url. You are able to look at the notes you are typing while watching the video at the same time and it keeps a timestamp of what part of the video you were watching when you typed that note.
In order to download the app to your google drive, you first need to be logged into google. So if you have a google account, then the first step is to open a web browser, go to www.google.com, and then click on the blue “sign in” button and sign into your account. Then, click on the 9 square block on the top right (I refer to it as a rubix cube), and click on your “drive” which is represented by a yellow, blue, and green triangle. From there, you need to download the app. Click on the blue “new” button, which will open up a drop down menu. Hover over the last option that says “more” and then click on the “connect more apps” option. A new window will open up. In the search bar, type in “video notes.” The app itself is called VideoNot.es and the symbol for it is a yellow play button with black and yellow lines next to it. Once you have located it, click on the blue “connect” button. You know have this app available to you and won’t need to download it again.
Once you have the app downloaded, then once you are in google drive, all you have to do is click on the blue “new” button, which will open up a drop down menu. Hover over the last option that says “more” and then click on “videonot.es.” It will open open a new window. On the left you will find that there is a place for you to type in a url of a video you would like to watch and take notes on. Find and copy the link to the video you would like to use, then paste it into that url box and click on “load video.” The video will load but will not start playing until you click on play. My suggestion is that before you play your video, that you adjust the speed of your video to play at the speed you would like. You always have the option of pausing the video, rewatching it, or going back and adding additional notes, so I like to watch it at regular speed, and then go back if I need to. Once you are ready to start, you can play the video and then take notes in the box on the right side of the screen. You will notice that once you start typing, that a timestamp appears which indicates the time of the video when you started typing. If you want to start a new note, then either press “return” or “enter” on your keyboard to go down to the next line. Again, once you start typing, a timestamp will appear. You are welcome to click back into a previous section of your typed notes to either watch that part of the video again, or even add to that part of your notes. The nice part is that your notes and the video are automatically saved into your google drive so you can refer to them later or even share them with other people.