Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I have to say, I do love my little Flip Video camera! I keep it with me all of the time. Because it's so simple and quick to operate I've been able to capture a few things I may have missed otherwise like:
- a flock of wild turkeys feeding in a field by the side of the road in the early morning hours
- a cool shot of a snapping turtle making its way across the road
- an owl sitting on a power line right after it flew up in front of me
- a great example of a teacher using a document camera during her language arts lesson
- my 9 year old singing his heart out to "Life is a Highway" while staring out the car window
More and more teachers are finding uses for the Flip Video as well. Because the cameras are simple to use and relatively inexpensive they make a great addition to any classroom. Here are a few ideas I found:
- Narrated field trips with students serving as guides
- Interviewing other students, staff or community members
- Digital storytelling projects
- Capturing science as it happens
- Demonstrating experiments
- Students sharing "their world"
- Taping presentations and reports
Administrators are also getting in the act. One of the coolest uses I've seen of the camera so far is from a principal in my district. She takes the Flip Video with her when she does her daily "walk throughs" (walking through the school to see what good things are happening). When she encounters noteworthy items, best practices, great student interaction, interesting uses of technology, etc., she whips out her Flip Video and captures the moment. She then shares that with her staff during faculty meetings and during their morning broadcast.
Taking a note from that administrator, I did my own walk through in one of our schools that is really beginning to excel in the use of technology. I was looking for teachers using technology. If I saw something good happening when I peeked in the door I went in the room and recorded a few seconds of video. That video was posted on the school's intranet under "Look Who Was Caught Using Technology Today". Corny-I know- but so far it's peeking interest.
So, what's your story with the Flip Video? How have you or someone you know used it in your school/classroom? Share what you've done. We're all looking for interesting ideas!