Embedding YouTube Videos in PowerPoint Presentations

I learned something new today.  I found a really good YouTube video about the Bayeux Tapestry.

I was sharing some historical background on England from 1066-1485 with my students, and I wanted to show them the video, but I hadn’t thought about the possiblity of embedding it, so I wound up switching from PowerPoint to the video and back.  Not a huge hassle, but later on as I was reflecting over the lesson, I wondered if it might be possible to embed a video in PowerPoint, so I did a Google search and disovered this helpful video:

Even though I have Word 2007 on my computer at work, I was able to figure out how to embed the video following the instructions.  Here’s what’s different:

You must be connected to the Internet for this to work.

Here is the PowerPoint I created.  It is licensed under an Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike Creative Commons License.

The Middle Ages in England

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I strongly recommend downloading this presentation because it probably won’t work for you on Slideshare, or at least all the features won’t work. I cannot get embedded videos to work on my Mac.  Does anyone know why or how to make them work?  It’s not a huge problem, as my work computer is the one I use for my SMART Board, but I am curious as to how it might be done. If you have any problems downloading it, please let me know, and I can work on it from my work computer tomorrow. Our dinosaur desktop here at home won’t allow me to open the PowerPoint without freezing, my husband’s Windows laptop doesn’t have PowerPoint, and my daughter’s already let me hog her computer enough.

5 thoughts on “Embedding YouTube Videos in PowerPoint Presentations”

  1. Dana,

    I found this program last night that becomes a tab in PowerPoint 2007. It allows you insert flash videos, and you can even turn the entire PowerPoint into an swf file that will maintain all fonts, colors, video, and transitions, and it will convert to a html file. I've only used it once, but it seems like a useful program for free.

  2. Looks like a good program, Don. It doesn't appear to be available for Mac, but I could probably use it on my Windows desktop at work. I may try to download it there and play with it. Thanks for the tip.

  3. If you want to embed the video to use without an Internet connection, you have to convert the video (there are many free ones available), store it on the computer, and place it in the same folder as the PowerPoint presentation. You also have to make sure you have the right video player installed on the computer as well. Hope this helps!

  4. I watched the movie; it was amazing.

    One thinking came to my mind. It is a real good tool to connect English and History. Even though English teacher have a story to teach in englsih, if the article about history, the teachers should have knowlege about the history. In this case the teachers can use youtube Videos in my powerpoint. It helps students to understand the concept and teachers to teach the article. It is great. I have to use Youtube Videos to motivate their learning.

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