Thursday, November 12, 2009

Great ideas for using a pocket video camera

The Flip video camera has been around for a couple of years now, and it has been imitated by other companies including Kodak and Creative. These pocket video cameras are perfect for classroom use: they are less expensive than a traditional video camera (I got mine for $40 on Dell), they are basically "point and shoot" without a lot of extra buttons and settings, and they transfer video to your computer via a USB port (most DV cameras still use fire wire).

Through my Twitter PLN I learned of a terrific web page by Jennifer Nicholson with lots of resources for using these cameras in the classroom including this PowerPoint with a nice overview of their capabilities:

1 comment:

Jim Mydloski said...

Jim, thanks for posting this article. I just recently got a Flip camera (2 days ago in fact), and this article is the kind of thing that will jump-start my thinking of what to do with it. I'm thinking that I'm going to use it to make a video of myself explaining ellipses to show to a class in a few days. I won't be in class, and finding a good math sub is not easy. Don't want to have a day wasted when the sub is there, so we'll see how it goes.