Now, I’d like to offer a few thoughts about showing videos in the RE setting.
I recently made available a number of YouTube videos that are appropriate for faith formation (YouTube Videos Correlated to Catechetical Themes). For many catechists, the issue remains about how to access these videos. Even if you have Internet access, I personally do not recommend accessing and showing videos from the Internet simply because of the possibility of ads popping up before the video as well as buffering taking place before or during the video that can be very disruptive.
In my mind, the best approach is to download the video onto a laptop for showing. There are many ways to do this, but before I share my method, let me stress that this method works for me on my laptop. It may not work on your particular computer, or it may work today but interfere with other system operations now or later. Use this as a guide only and consult your tech support if you’re unsure about how to proceed. I also need to stress that the Internet is full of many great resources, but not all of them are free to use by anyone in all circumstances. Read the copyright information that usually accompanies any media before downloading and using. Unauthorized use in another form or modification of other people’s media is especially troublesome. Respect the copyright holder’s rights at all times. OK, with that said, here’s how I go about running videos offline in my classes:
- Use Mozilla Firefox as your browser. If you don’t have this as your browser, you can download it for free.
- In Firefox, go to their Add-Ons and search for/click on the 1-Click YouTube Video Download and download this (it’s free). This will add a “download” button when you view a YouTube video. See the screen shot below and the Download button toward the bottom next to the blue down arrow.
- Downloading the video does not take long and then it is just a matter of storing it on your laptop and calling it up for use when the time comes.
I have found this to work very well and rely on it often to show videos in class or during my presentations.