Wednesday, 20 June 2012

video pt2 - how to...

How to download VIDEOS pt2
…. to watch on your TV as a DVD

use YouTube Downloader HD
·         go to YouTube Downloader HD:
·         under Main Downloads: click on Download YouTube Downloader HD
·         when set-up window pops up, click on Save File
·         click on youtube_downloader_hd_setup icon
·         click on Run; and Do You Want to Allow window
·         when Download wizard pops up, click on Next….
·         unclick AVG Security Toolbar
·         click Install

·         open up YouTube Downloader HD program
·         make sure in Download window ‘FLV video’ appears
·         click Convert FLV to AVI (compatible with most video players) box
·         paste/enter URL from YouTube in Video URL box
·         save to Documents
·         click Start Download at bottom
·         when finished, open Documents to check it’s there!
·         move file to Videos or similar

·         open up Start, then Programs
·         click on Windows DVD Maker
·         in Add pictures and video to the DVD window, click on Add Items at top
·         in Add Items to DVD window, select items – with Media Files showing at bottom right
·         Videos file or similar should appear
·         click on Add and item should appear in Add pictures and video to the DVD window
·         you can add further items before burning and play with settings
·         and you might want to use a DVD RW (re-writable)
·         click on Next, then Burn
·         insert DVD to burn and it should start up automatically


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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

video pt1 - how to...

How to download VIDEOS
... to watch on your I-Pod/MP4 Player or Laptop/Computer

use KeepVid
·         go to KeepVid:
·         KEEPVID – do you want to run this application popup window
·         click on ‘I accept the risk and want to run this application’ box; click on ‘run’ to allow
·         go to YouTube:
·         find your video and select/copy URL at very top in Navigation Toolbar
·         return to KeepVid and enter/paste in URL
·         press Download to the immediate right
·         under Download Links, click on download MP4 (= video format)
·         in pop-up window, click on Save (rather than Open With)
·         you should then be able to watch on Windows Media Player or

other websites with links to YouTube:
·        Real English: then scroll down to bottom for Videos and Lessons: chose a lesson and click on YouTube button to open a new window.
·        Luke’s English Podcast: and check out his:
·        BBC Learning English: The Flatmates soap:

other websites with video files:
·        BBC Learning English: The Teacher can be downloaded as video
·        Michell Henry: loads of links to sites with downloads in MP4 format: eg >>
·        Vimeo as an alternative to YouTube: : scroll down to Download and click on Mobile MP4file

other websites with audio files:
·         BreakingNewsEnglish: click on Listen at top and then Download This File to listen in MP3 format.
·         British Council: scroll down to Attachments and follow instructions.
·         Elllo: scroll to under flags/photos of speakers and RIGHT click on Audio File free MP3; Open link in new tab; in pop-up window, click on Save File; in Downloads pop-up window, RIGHT click on file; Open Containing Folder to find your file (probably in Computer > Users > x > Downloads)
·         Randall’s esl-lab: chose from the extensive menu of listening activities; under II Listening Exercises and just beneath the media player, RIGHT click on Other Audio Options play Real Media or Window Media; follow steps above at Elllo
·         YouTube audio can be used for songs together with: which has YouTube window/links; and

·        Absolute Andy: very helpful instructions re downloading

using visuals rather than video:
·        Flickr: for loads of photos
·        Plans and maps: eg – robbing a bank courtesy of Paul from Exeter Globe:; you might have to use the likes of Windows Paint to lay out the plan of this ultra-cool bank which you're going to rob:
·        demotivational posters as an alternative to PowerPoint:


wordclouds pt 2 - how to...

How to create a WORDCLOUD

select key-words from a film trailer/plot with IMDB
·         go to Internet Movie Database 
·         at the top, type in a film title under Search
·         scroll down to right-hand bar for Quick Links
·         select Plot Keywords  
·         then select words to be used in conjunction with the trailer 

create a wordcloud with Wordle
·         go to Wordle
·         click on Create
·         paste your selection of words in window
·         (if it doesn’t work, then you need to install Java on your system – and restart!)
·         select format, font and layout (take mouse over top of window)
·         take mouse over unwanted words and right-click to select ‘remove x’
·         print
·         or do a screengrab. 
o   by using the FN + PRTSC keys on your keyboard
o   then copying to Windows Paint
o   click here for help
·         or save onto public board as a permanent link

and what's the film...?

Wordle: Untitled

or create a wordcloud with Tagcrowd
·         Go to Tagcrowd
·         paste a text,
·         then press 'visualise'
·         edit under Options
·         print
·         or make a pdf out of it.

and the same again:

Thursday, 14 June 2012


Am I English or British or European or what?

Am I Anglo-Saxon?

(6.30-12mins; 13.45-15.45mins)

Am I German?


Am I French?

Surnames which indicated nobility and wealth in medieval times are still richer even today, research has suggested.
‘Moneyed’ surnames, such as Darcy, Percy, Baskerville and Mandeville continue to have more cash than those with ‘poor’ names, such as Smith, Mason and Cooper.
The research, which uses university admissions, probate records and official information going as far back as the Domesday Book, tracked what happened to those whose surnames suggest their forebears were either aristocratic or ‘artisans’ from the working class.
I know my place: This medieval woodcut shows serfs working the fields while their king looks on
I know my place: This medieval woodcut shows serfs working the fields while their king looks on