OK, first off, let me just say that this website itself doesn’t really do anything. But it does provide you with a cool little bookmarklet for your browser that will forever revolutionize how you show videos to others, especially students.
Once you install this bookmarklet, here’s what you do…
- Visit a website with a video from YouTube, Vimeo, or Viddler (more to be added later).
- Click on the bookmarklet on your bookmarks toolbar.
Magically, the video will open in a separate, blank page that hides all the comments and suggested videos. These comments and suggested videos can sometimes be vulgar and inappropriate to show students, so this is a way around that! You’ll even have your choice of a light or dark background!
Here’s the tutorial video that shows it well from their own website:
Isn’t that awesome? From this day forward (if you are lucky enough to have access to YouTube in your classroom), this is how you should show YouTube videos!
Oh, and one more thing… showing videos this way skips the video advertisements at the beginning of most videos! That’s right- skips the ads! What’s not to love about that!
You can even send links to YouTube videos to others that will open within the Quietube shell, like this one: http://quietube3.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwOCY0nPDG0 (if you’re an educator, you’ll enjoy this great video from Kevin Honeycutt)!