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iTecs Innovative Ideas


February 20, 2009

Welcome to the iTecs news blurb, a weekly note of ideas for using technology in instruction and to enhance your professional life. We'll keep it simple and brief, but feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule time to work with us.

Topic: Flip Video
Highlights: 1. Introduction to Flip Video
2. Educational ideas: Literacy, Social Studies, Science, & Math
3. Resources
Educational Ideas
Flip Video
General ideas:
  • Video offers slower or faster viewing of events
  • Using video for their reflection enables interns to
    • “write more specific (versus general) comments about their teaching than writing from memory…
    • shift the content of the reflections from a focus on classroom management in memory-based reflections to a focus on instruction…
    • focus less on themselves and more on children” (Rosaen, et al., 2008)
  • Record your teaching or other research activities
  • Reflect on your teaching
  • Share your video with your colleagues and students
  • Collaborate on video projects with others
  • Videocast your projects
· Individual assessment
Example: Video Portfolios: Collaborations in Literacy Teaching Assessment
· Personal narratives
Example: My favorite books
· Video Blogging
Example: Google Video Blog
· Concepts demonstration
Physics examples on YouTube
Social studies:
· Digital stories
Example: The Brady Chronicles: A Digital Story
· Visual tour
Example: The Holocaust
· Concept introduction:
Example: Coplanar Lines

Publishing Tools:
Video Editing Tools
· PC users: Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere
· Mac users: iMovie, Final Cut Pro
Video Publishing Tools
· Web format: You Tube, MySpace, Blogger
· CD format: Ahead Nero, Raxio Easy CD Creator

Rosaen, C., Lundeberg, M., Cooper, M., Fritzen, A., Terpstra, M. (2008). Noticing, noticing: How does investigation of video records change how teachers reflect on their experiences? Journal of Teacher Education, 59(4), 347- 360.
What is it?
A hand-sized, user-friendly camcorder for digital video

· Easy to Afford: 50 ~ 160 dollars
· Easy to carry: Fits in your backpack or purse
· Easy to use:
  • Record (press the RED button)
  • Transfer (flip out the pop-out arm and connect it with the USB port of your computer)
  • Save
· Easy to install: built-in software; automatic installation
· Easy to edit:
· Easy to share: Automatically generate code and Upload to YouTube, AOL
· Less satisfying quality: Resolution and sound quality
· Less satisfying capacity: 60-minute recording or less
· Less Mac-user friendly
Where to get one?
· Buy online:
· Borrow @ Erickson
TIES in 133 Erickson Hall

Another option
Check out the Sanyo Xacti camcorder from the TIEs.
Its SD Card offers more memory and easy download as well.
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Innovation with Technology in Education Consultants (iTecs)
We are three graduate assistants at Michigan State University who aid the Teacher Education faculty and instructors in using technology to teach subject matter in pedagogically effective ways in their classes. We are available for meeting with teams or individual instructors or assisting with classes. More information can be found on our iTecs wiki,
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