Huzzaz is a new site (still in private beta although you can request an invitation) for organizing and sharing collections of educational videos. I tried the site for the first time back in August. At that time I thought that it had some excellent features for creating and sharing collections of educational videos.
Today, I learned through this post on the Huzzaz Blog that the service a new sharing option. The new option allows you to embed your collections of educational videos into your blog or website. The difference between creating the collection on Huzzaz versus on YouTube is that Huzzaz collections can include YouTube and Vimeo videos whereas YouTube playlists only have YouTube videos.
The basic purpose of Huzzaz is to help you create and organize collections of videos. In your account you can make as many thematic collections as you like. To add a video from YouTube or Vimeo to your collections you can search within Huzzaz, use the Huzzaz browser bookmarklet, or copy and paste video URLs into your collections. Once you have some videos in a collection you can organize them by simply dragging and dropping them into a sequence. Your collections can be shared with others. Likewise, you can share individual videos.
When you share an individual video from a Huzzaz collection you can host real-time discussions about it. To do this simply click the “comments” icon while the video is playing to open a live chat box.
Applications for Education
Teachers that are using the flipped classroom model could find Huzzaz to be an excellent tool for organizing the videos that they plan to share with students.
Students may find Huzzaz’s real-time chat feature to be useful for holding online review sessions that are based around the videos their teachers have shared with them.