Flip Videos

Flipping for FLIP Videos

Posted on May 10, 2011. Filed under: Flip Videos |

Just last month it was announced that the popular FLIP video camera is no more, Cisco announced  it “will exit aspects of its consumer businesses,” which includes shutting down the FLIP. Needless to say I am not the only educator who was upset by this move on Cisco’s part, but none the less I will continue to use my FLIP cameras and share alternatives with my students.

Each semester I bring in several pre-k games to share with my students. This helps to familiarize them with some games that are developmentally appropriate for younger children.  After we discuss the games, I ask the students to “think outside the box” and create a different game using the pieces from the original game. At first this is a challenge, but with a little prompting the creativity starts to flow and the games they develop are quite good. Since the course I am teaching is a special education course, they must make an adaptation for a special learner.

Once this is completed the pre service teachers are asked to create a video to explain their game to other teachers. They must discuss the objective of the game, rules, directions, and the adaptation for the special learner. Now the pre service teachers take on new roles as script writers, videographer, director, producer and actors. When the videos are completed, I serve popcorn and we view and critique the instructional value of each video and if the adaptations to the game were appropriate for the learners special needs.

The videos become an excellent teaching tool. Pre service teachers get to view themselves as teachers. Many state that they thought they were speaking loud enough, but that their voices were too low. Others learn about the importance of pronunciation and the need to slow their speech to be understood.   They are all given the opportunity to make changes and submit a and improved video, which we post to teachertube or vimeo. Each group video is password protected and becomes the property of the pre service teachers.

Here are some ideas for using FLIP cameras in the classroom:

1. How to videos

2. Flip your class trip

3. Class interviews

4. Video book trailer

Here are some alternatives to the FLIP

Mobile devices– cell phones are a very popular choice as most students already have them and are using them.

Kodak Zi8  A Pocket Video Camera  with the built in USB port. captures every experience in HD.  $160

Kodak PlaySport This little camera with built-in image stabilization will stay steady as a rock. $100

Samsung E10 Includes a 270 degree swivel lens so you can record yourself and then swivel it to film other scenes. $80

(Information provided by  Mike Zimmer Blog Post)

Photo credit Google images

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