in the meantime, i'd love to hear from other secondary teachers, specifically english, but not necessarily, as video is well advanced in other departments (and may get the pe dept to buy their own cameras instead of stealing ours - yes, this resulted in a new locked cupboard! not that we don't want to share, but they don't sign out or return!). in my desire to integrate tech into the classroom, i've really enjoyed the sharing of ideas across the disciplines as well as from the primary/intermediate areas - just about any idea can be extrapolated into the secondary/english classroom with some thought.
i have used my flip video for:
- videotaping practice & competitive public speaking students, then using the video for critique and further practice
- videotaping our drama students for same
- student-created video for their blogs, re "how i have found my first year of high school" where they reflected on their hopes and fears at the beginning of the year, and contrasted them with the realities they experienced.
- student-created video for a video competition that they edited themselves (you may remember this from two years ago)
- more student video for responding to texts - video book reports, feedback, critique, etc.
- an NCEA internal assessment where a student was unable to write the response was recorded via flip video
- NCEA level 1 speeches recorded via flip video - this makes external moderation at the end of the year so much easier! each video clip is saved under the student's name, with mark, for easy collating onto a video DVD for NZQA. staff that do not have to put together external moderation have NO IDEA how time consuming it is to go through their unconverted, unlabelled videos! i get 1 hour a week to do my job, and just putting together last year's moderation took 8 hours. that's 2 months of my paid time, for one tiny job that next year can be done with ease in about 10 minutes.
these are some of the ideas i came up with, and i'm not a horribly creative thinker. so for pd i'm going to utilise both richard bryne's post Many Ways to Use Flip Video in the Classroom (you'll know richard from Free Technology for Teachers) and tom barrett's 43 Interesting Ways to Use your Pocket Video Camera in the Classroom (you know tom from his edte.ch blog), a collaborative ppt created by teachers and published under Creative Commons in Google Docs. this year i am hoping to have my junior students utilise the flip videos and their own cell phones, but thus far, a lot of stuff if blocked again this year for students (i'm talking access [uploading the video] and editing), and that's fodder for another post.