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10 Great Ways to Use Digital Video Cameras in the Classroom

by cjones on November 19, 2010

in Education,Training

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Tech&Learning put out a very good summary article this month on ways to use digital video cameras in the classroom. In addition to 10 great ideas they also included links and pricing on 9 low cost digital cameras. One camera they omitted which I think is a very good camera is the Kodak Zi8. I just purchased the newer version of this camera and I’m quite pleased with the overall quality as well as the simplicity of this camera and do recommend it if you want to shoot in HD. It will shoot in both 720 and 1080p. Here’s  link to some video I shot at a recent customer visit to Lee County Schools. This was the very first time I used the camera.

Here’s a list of the first 5 ideas from Tech&Learning:

1 Conduct interviews
Throughout the year, the seniors in Bob Wood’s current-issues class at Oakridge High School in Muskegon, Michigan, ask friends and family to interview them. They hand their interviews in with an essay in which they elaborate on what they said in them. Interview topics, chosen by the students, range from “Should I vote?” to “Gay or straight: Does it matter?” to “Where do I go from here?” At the end of the year, Wood burns the interviews onto CD s.

2 Produce PSAs, skits, and more

The broadcasting crew at Benefield Elementary School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, records public-service announcements for the school’s live morning show. Sometimes they perform short skits that focus on vocabulary, wordplay, and idioms, says technology teacher Karen Hartung.

3 Improve the school-to-home connection

A third-grade teacher at Village School in Pacific Palisades, California, recorded his students explaining to their parents how to play a math game. Now their parents can play the same game at home. A music teacher at the school captures snippets of students to include in a video he sends to parents in lieu of a printed newsletter.

4 Create slide shows

Mary Williams’s chemistry students at St. Mary’s High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, use Animoto (, a free site that produces video pieces from phones, video clips, and music, to make 90-second (or longer) slide shows about the elements in the periodic table.

5 Immerse your class in another culture

Christine Berg’s French 4 class at Rondout Valley High School in Accord, New York, connected with a school for young artists in Haiti. Berg sent the Haitian students a digital video camera that she obtained through grant money, and the classes began exchanging videos. “My students wrote scripts in French and practiced reading and listening skills through email and video exchanges with the students from Haiti,” Berg says. At the same time, Berg’s students studied the geography, climate, politics, and history of Haiti.

Click to read the rest of the article and view the camera links.

Photo Credit: The Guardian

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