TEACHTHOUGHT has a great list of YouTube tools


I am using quietube when I want to show a YouTube video without ads and distractions.

It is an extension in Chrome or it can be added as a bookmarklet in other browsers.

Quietube from SMAFILM on Vimeo.


TOOGLES is a browser for youtube videos without the clutter


Cut YouTube videos to just the parts you want.

SAFESHARE TV works similarly to quietube and TubeChop

If you want to make your own videos try YouTube Editor where you can upload your own video and add your own music.

Drag On Tape (from

There may be times you need a series of videos and they would be better off watched one right after another. Drag On Tape does just that. Insert the videos via their YouTube URL. You can trim to the sections you want, add another video and another and another, creating your own personal mixed video that you can then post via a link or embed.

Watch2gether (from

Sometimes watching a video as a group is just what you need. Watch2gether does just that. You create your own, private screening room. You then share the room via a link with your group. They enter and you can watch the video, synced together. There is an option to create playlists and the chat feature works great for collaboration.


Today’s text-to-speech voices are excellent. Monotonic, robotic voices are history. But getting it to read something you want to listen to is not always easy.Voice Dream Reader can load and extract text from many sources and file formats. After extraction, Voice Dream performs additional processing to optimize the text for text-to-speech. Ads on web pages are stripped out, page numbers go away and strange characters are removed, so you can focus on what matters: the content. The text is stored on your device so you can listen to it anytime, even when you’re not connected. FIND OUT MORE

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Create a collage of words and customise text, colour and layout.


This app allows you to draw a line or choose a created line and the add text to the line.



Type the text you wish to use and customise font, size and colour and then draw on the device and the words appear.


With this app you can take a photo or use one from the gallery, type in a set of words and the app will apply the words to the image. There are a few styles to choose from and colour schemes. The effects look great.


9th – 12th grade teachers:
Even at the ninth through twelfth grade levels, teachers will find many ways to incorporate Easel-ly into their classroom instruction. A specific vheme (predesigned theme) may help to clarify the meaning behind a particularly difficult text. Meanwhile, these vhemes can also be used by students to bring dull presentations to life. Let’s briefly look at the standards for grades 9 – 12:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Reading presidential speeches and other primary sources is a vital part of the high school reading curriculum. Let’s take a look at how teachers can use Easel-ly’s resources to create an extended response question for students that explores Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.

Once students have read and discussed the speech with their classmates and teacher, a formative assessment (as shown above) can be completed by students to assess their ability to cite and analyze textual evidence from the speech. In doing so, students can choose two direct quotations to cite and explain in their vheme. This directly correlates with CCSS ELA-RI.11-12.1.

Other extension ideas related to this picture book:

Create a vheme on to compare and contrast Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address to his second. Another possibility is to have students choose another president, research their inaugural address, and then compare and contrast this selection to Lincoln’s second inaugural address. Regardless of the choice, makes displaying the information easy and in creative form!

To conclude:
Now, that we have looked at some activities which incorporate and assess CCSS ELA Reading Information Standard 1, it’s time to get started using to make your own handouts, projects, and resources. There are virtually limitless possibilities at Join us next week for more examples of how is correlating with the CCSS ELA Standards to enrich classroom instruction.


Redirect YouTube URLs to for fun and profit
Toogles ( is a super fast minimal alternative interface for YouTube. It's refreshingly different than the bulk of

This extension just redirects you to the Toogles version of any YouTube video that you open (it ignores all other YouTube pages such as playlists and users). That's it. 
No hidden features or sketchy permissions or anything like that.

If you really want to view a video on YouTube you can click the video's title on Toogles to force it that once 
(or just add &toogles=0 to the end of the YouTube video URL).

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What is eduCanon?

eduCanon is an online learning environment to build and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo, or TeacherTube video content (screencasts, Khan Academy, Minute Physics, TED, NOVA, etc.) and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students. By time-linking activities that students engage with as the video progresses the content is segmented into digestible components – increasing student engagement and, through our real-time monitoring, informing the next day’s lesson planning.

How is eduCanon used?

eduCanon is used in a 1:1 student learning environment. Teachers have used our interface in class as a blended tool, assigned students an eduCanon lesson as homework in a flipped setting, and even asked students to create their own eduCanon lesson as a higher-Bloom’s project! eduCanon is flexible to suit the resources and teaching style of your classroom.

What browsers and devices do you support?

eduCanon is a webapp. While eduCanon works on all major browsers, the best experience comes from Google Chrome and Safari. It works on Macs, PCs, and is even responsive to iPads. You can even embed it into your website or blog!