Friday, 7 November 2014

Video Note Taking made easy.

On occasions we might ask students to watch a video and take notes on the content for discussion later. This is perhaps a major component of flipped learning, where students access video content and bring notes for discussion to the class.

There are  a number of challenges associated with this:

  • The notes and the video are separate from each other.
  • It is difficult to match the comments to particular parts of the video.
  • Sharing the notes and the video together.
  • Storing the notes and the video for future reference.
  • Reviewing the notes and finding specific points in the video.
However there is a solution: http://www.videonot.es

Video Notes is a tool for synchronising typed notes with a video.

The service integrates with your Leeds Beckett Google Drive account where it stores all of your notes and video links for future reference.

You can also share the video and notes with others for viewing or editing and so it can be a great way to collaborate with note taking.

One of the best features is that the notes are linked to specific timecode points in the video, so if you have a note at 1min 24 secs and you click on that note it will take you to 1min 24 seconds in the video.

Below is a step by step guide to using Video Notes:


  1. Start by going here: http://www.videonot.es
  2. Once in there click on "Connect with Google Drive" 
  3. If you are already logged in to Google you will go straight to the Video Notes page, otherwise log in with your Leeds Beckett email address and password.
  4. Once logged in, the video notes screen will appear (see below for annotated image).
  5. On the screen you will have a box to paste the video URL, a space where the video plays and area for notes.
  6. You can alter the playback of the video (faster or slower depending on how quickly you can type).
  7. The notes save automatically (a message in the top right of the screen tells you that all is saved.
  8. The notes get saved to a folder in your Google Drive called "VideoNot.es" and once in that folder you will see all of your notes.
  9. To re-open a note, double click on it. You will get an overlay message saying that a preview isn't available. This is ok, just click on the VideoNot.es link in the connect apps area to open the note back up.
  10. Have fun.