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Anybody using FlipCams in the classroom? If so, what are some activities you do with them?
I used these last year in my 8th grade classroom. Mostly, the kids designed plays or other performances to show what they had learned. They love it and by the end of the year most knew more about Windows Movie Maker than I do. Its the obvious usage but it was still a great way to integrate tech and engage them.
During cooperative learning groups, one person can be assigned the videographer, recording the project at hand, then sharing it with other groups or students that are absent on the day of that particular activity.
I just got one two weeks ago! Right now, I'm using it to record student projects for our weather unit. They're creating news reports, rap songs, poems, and skits. They absolutely LOVE the camera and, since they really want to create a good presentation, are giving me their best work. I haven't used any video editing yet, but that's next on the agenda.
I use it to have the kids record book reviews and we post them on their literature circle blogs. They LOVE filming them and are super serious which makes them all the better!
I'm a high school physics teacher. I've used Flips to have kids record their physics labs, record problem solving, and record demos. By videoing the labs and problems, students have to explain all their steps (which they might not do on paper). We record demos that might happen too fast to see, or that might not be repeatable. We can the watch the demo over and over, frame-by-frame, and discuss the salient points. I'm sure many of these ideas are applicable to all grade levels!
Excellent ideas! Thank you all for sharing. We just bought one and I am still brainstorming projects for my 2nd-6th Gifted classes. Have any of you posted your footage online (blogs, class website, etc.)?
Here's some Flipcam videos my classes took of colliding carts for a demonstration of Newton's 3rd Law. The carts have flexible metal hoops on the end. The amount of flex in the hoop is an indication of the force on the hoop. Compare the sizes of the hoops on each cart as they collide.
Taking the video was important, as the students wanted to focus on the
speed of the carts after the collision, rather than the flexing hoops.
If you download the movies and play them back in Quicktime or VLC Player, you can use the left-right arrow keys to move the videos frame-by-frame. The hoops were ALWAYS the same size, no matter what crazy configuration of collisions my kids wanted to try. This was the first time I ever introduced the 3rd law this way -- it worked REALLY well!
I've used a flip to record a brief message from a child to show their parents at parent conference time. I asked them to share their favorite thing about school, etc...I show this on my laptop at the conference. The parents LOVE it and it really takes very little time. I then combined all the clips and made a movie to show the whole class.
I'm a tech teacher for a school of 300 that had just 10 working laptops. The FLIP revolutionized our tech program. :) With minimal guidance and the interactive whiteboard, even my kindergarten classes were able to EDIT THEIR OWN WORK using FLIP software. They've created PSAs. My 1st graders have created digital How-tos. My 2-5th grade students make movies on everything from new vocab to social issues. For EXAMPLES, see
This was fabulous! Thank you!!