I’ve been playing with methods to make using video (and audio) easier to use in the classroom and also by students for self-study. The essence is a synchronised, scrolling transcript with indexed play buttons. You’ve seen this recently with Youtube and TED.com, but often a teacher wants to embed those play/pause buttons conveniently within lesson material. This allows lessons to be more accessible to language learners where the language of instruction itself can be a barrier to learning. Here’s a prototype lesson based on a song by Ralph McTell – Streets of London.
Effort to create the framework is not yet complete, and the user interface still needs tweaking. It is fine on a desktop and tablets, but the real challenge is usability on small mobile devices.
I am adding quiz question types including an embedded cloze similar to that found in Moodle, but much more flexible. It will allow adding progressive hints to lead the learner towards the answer.
This framework is mainly designed for developing language skills, but it could be used in any media-based training or education.