When I first read this title "Seven Fun (and Cheap) Class Projects to Try with Video", I thought they would be pretty interesting. Not only are they interesting, but the ideas gave me a rude awakening. I need to get busy and learn more. Except for the Dazzle device, I'm not even sure what some of the terms mean, nevermind having the techie skills to execute the "fun and cheap" class project!!!! That's never a good sign if you don't know what the words mean is it?
MAKE VIDEOS FROM VIDEO GAMES. Any technology that produces a ‘video out’ signal can create content for media projects. Students have done this with MineCraft and Halo. Teachers can use the video characters to teach math concepts or build curriculum-based stories with students. Essentially, the computer becomes a camera with video screen capture or for media files generated by the game. You can do this with devices like EZcap and Dazzle. Screen capture can be done in QuickTime 10 (Mac) or CamStudio (PC), or many other screen capture alternatives. This YouTube video explains how to connect EZcap, and these YouTube videos show how-tos using Macs.
I know how to take and use screencasts or screenshots...do it all the time. But how to use these to create video characters seems well beyond my current skillset. I also am not sure that I have the pedagogical skill set to know how to take the characters and use them to "teach math concepts". What does that mean?
Here's a big bug-a-boo for me. Where would I go to learn these skills? In years past, I'd dive in and learn all by myself. I'd invest in the equipment and just power thru learning how by trial and error. Usually my strategy is to find other people within my personal learning network (PLN) who are already using this technique and discuss how well it's working. I'm stopped by two forces: lack of disposable money to invest and time. Salary freezes for the last four years has wiped out my ability to finance all these learning adventures and as technology grows so fast I can't keep up learning every new idea.
What's a the typical classroom teacher to do? It's not a rhetorical question.
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