Webcams!

Webcam stands for “web camera.” A webcam is basically a video camera that inputs to a computer that is connected to the internet. People on the internet can then see what is being videoed. You can read more about how they work here: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/webcam.htm
We are really fortunate today that some amazing locations around the world have webcams set up to view things we might not otherwise get to see. I like to go to webcams in foreign countries. I started doing it when I was taking a trip to Greece and I wanted to see what the people in the town I was visiting were wearing. Seriously! I couldn’t decide what to pack for the weather. Watching the people there for a few days gave me a hint as to what to take with me! Of course there are other really cool webcams set up that show animals and even birds. On the roof of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library in Amherst, Massachusetts, a pair of peregrine falcons have a nest. They are raising their chicks and today (May 8, 2014) you can see them in action on the webcam. It’s amazing to watch the parents take care of their young. I arrived at the camera just when the pair were switching roles and I got a terrific view of two fluffy white chicks! Go to W.E.B. Du Bois Falcons to watch!
Thanks to Oak Meadow Faculty Chair and Social Studies Teacher, Ted Thornton, for sending me to this webcam!
 

Videos in your essays

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4BzonlVlw
ThePianoGuys.”The Cello Song – (Bach is back with 7 more cellos.)” YouTube. YouTube, 14 June 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.
Recently a student found it interesting to support his ideas about the music of the Renaissance by submitting some examples of its use in YouTube videos. I thought it was a great idea! It can be very useful to include a YouTube video, in an answer to an assignment, to support a thought or idea you have.
Go ahead and give it a try! It is important to make sure that you use the proper name of the video and that you cite where it came from. Based on MLA standards for other media formats, Oak Meadow asks that you use the following format. Here is the most acceptable form for citing YouTube videos:
Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Video.” Name of Website. Name of Website Publisher, date of posting. Medium. Date retrieved.

Here is an example of what that looks like:

Gravicembalo. “Italian Renaissance Music for Viola da Gamba Consort, La Gamba.” YouTube. YouTube, 2 June. 2012. Web. 10 Oct. 2013.
Make sure you include all the quotation marks, commas, italics, and periods in the proper places.

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