I am preparing a FlipCam presentation for my colleagues and I have been gathering ideas about how they might use the FlipCam in their classrooms. I would love to hear some additional ideas of how teachers have been using this fabulous technology. Please share your thoughts and ideas....they are appreciated!
We use Flip cameras for a variety of projects, most often digital storytelling. I created a Prezi to introduce digital storytelling to teachers, and it includes some links (as well as examples) that might help: http://prezi.com/ygkgdv6q6-qv/digital-storytelling-intro/
We used it to start the PARP (Parents as Reading partners) program in the E-school. We, the library media specialist and myself, took students and teachers from various grade levels K-5 and asked them what their favorite memory of reading was/is. Then what their favorite book is. We then compiled this into a movie, which the 5th grade technology classes did with us, and showed it at the PARP kick off. It was an excellent lesson and a lot of fun learning/creating.
I would also suggest using it to do an "about me" video that you could send home with a student to do with their parents. That could be risky but really interesting to say the least!
Thanks for the great ideas, Tom! I really like the PARP idea...my wheels are turning!!!!
Melanie...I love the idea of recording for fluency. I teach first grade and I was just thinking the other day how much I regret that I don't have video of my students from the first few weeks of the school year. It would be so cool to be able to show them how far they have come with their reading...especially at the end of the year!
Also--thank you so much for the class mgt. idea. I never really thought about using it in that way! Now I am thinking I could use it to have them analyze all sorts of classroom routines. It would be great for them to be able to "see" themselves and talk about how they could improve!
Thanks again!!! Jill
I am currently student teaching at the University of Texas at San Antonio and we have used FlipCam for various assignments. One that I recall in particular is a role-playing assignment in which we partnered up and acted as a student and teacher going over academic assessment scores together. It was a great assignment for us to practice conferencing and I think role-playing using FlipCams can be beneficial for students of all ages, especially in an elementary classroom! It gives students an opportunity to look back at themselves on video.