Today I learned about a web tool that I think could be really helpful in connecting teens, librarians, teachers, parents, administrators, and others to good resources.

Eyejot ThisThe tool is Eyejot and on the surface it’s a simple way to create web video that you can email and embed on web pages. However, what’s more exciting is the Eyejot This bookmarklet that takes linking to the next level. Here’s the idea, you find a link that you think others would be interested in. You want to let people know about the link, but you would also like to let them know why it’s worth looking at. When on the web page you think is interesting, you use the Eyejot This bookmarklet to record a brief video in which you talk about the site’  Once recorded the video will be saved on Eyejot. When you send out the link Eyejot generates for your recording, the video will appear in the top left of the web page you discussed.’  This link goes to an Eyejot This that I created for the net@night podcast interview with Don Tapscott

Once you create an Eyejot you can email it to one ore more people, or you can have it automatically posted to a variety of social networks via Ping.fm.’  Users of Ping.fm can setup an account so that anything posted to Ping also posts to a variety of other social networks. For example, I have my Ping.fm account setup to automatically post to my Twitter, Facebook, and delicious accounts.

That means, when I create an Eyejot This and tell the service to send it to my Ping.fm account, the video is sent out on my Twitter feed,’  posted on my Facebook account, and added to my’  delicious links.

Ever since I read about Eyejot This my brain has been on overdrive thinking about all of the different ways to use it with and for teens. For example:

  • When collecting links for homework assignments teens can create Eyejot videos that explain to classmates, teachers, parents, friends, etc. why the links are worthwhile.
  • When working on a research project a teen could make an Eyejot This in which she paraphrases the content of the page. Then she can review that video and the page when putting together the final product.
  • If a teen finds a great site that provides information on a favorite game, movie, book, musical artist, celebrity, etc. that teen can record a video describing why he agrees or doesn’t agree with the information provided.
  • Teachers’  or librarians collecting resources for teens to use in homework assignments or personal research can provide video annotations for each linked resource.

Those are just a few of the ideas I’ve come up with so far.’  Just imagine how exciting it can be for teens, and adults, to send out web page links that includes a video describing the content of the page.

Give Eyejot This a try and find out what teens think of the service.’  See if you, and they, think, like I do, that linking to resources just got a whole lot more exciting (and fun).

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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