Archive for August, 2009

Flip Camera – Uses in the Classroom

So now that you know how to use the camera, the question is what can I do with this in my classroom?

Here is a presentation that outlines Forty Interesting Ways to Use Your Pocket Video Camera in Your Classroom.

Some of the ideas include:

  1. How-to video
  2. Record Science Experiments
  3. Take on Field Trips
  4. Record something that the students will then have to explain what they are seeing.
  5. Interview fellow classmates
  6. Film Sports or PE – watch in slow motion to break down skills
  7. Record information/celebrations for parents to see via website.
  8. Record key parts of your lesson.
  9. Attach camera to objects to get different Points of View.
  10. Have students video what they are doing to show at Parent Nights, etc.

…and 30 more ideas.  Check it out and let me know if you think of any other uses!


Another resource I have found lists multiple web pages that deal with flip cameras and education: – Flip and Digital Camera Resources

I am looking forward to seeing what cool things the teachers and students can do with this cool new tool!

Flip Cameras 101

So what exactly is a Flip Video Camera and how do you use it?  Here are a few videos from YouTube to help get you started:

Step by Step on the very basics of getting started, including putting in the batteries, turning on the camera, and video tips.


Step by Step Guide on the Getting the video from the camera into Moviemaker.

 Computer World’s Review of the Flip Camera, which includes tips for using the camera.

Goal Setting

I have just completed my 15th year in education and as I begin the second half of my teaching career I have become more reflective on my teaching style and what I can bring to my educational role as an Instructional Technology Specialist.   Each year as a teacher I come into the new year with a goal in mind.  In the early years it was discipline and how to manage the classroom without going home defeated every day.  As the years went by I focused more on content delivery and how can I hook my students into wanting to learn about people, places and events of the past.  Not an easy task when working with middle school students!  As I moved into Instructional Technology my goals have been focused on learning as much as I can in order to share that info with the teachers.

I have a new goal this year – help my teachers set goals focused on technology.  How can I help them gain confidence, try something new, or challenge those more tech savy than others?   We also have the new challenge of testing our students to make sure they are getting the technology info they need.

I have given the teachers copies of the  TA TEKS, SBEC standardsBloom’s Digital Taxonomy, and the Levels of Technology Integration to get them thinking.   As they begin to come back to campus I am looking forward to seeing what goals are set and the challenge of trying to meet the individual needs of my staff.  I am also looking for different ways to deliver staff development to the campus.   This blog will be one of those ways.

I am looking forward to the journey.