Posts Tagged ‘video’

using video for learning and more flipping in the classroom

Monday, April 30th, 2012

I’ve been thinking about the use of video in teaching and learning and how we might use video to help in assessment. There’s been much written about using video resources (eg. Khan Academy) and the flipped classroom (or reverse instruction) where students watch first and then come to class to discuss the material. I’m pleased to see more discussion around the ability to watch a video and then add comments at specific points in the timeline of the video rather than just have the video as a discreet object. This is very useful and I believe has the potential for powerful learning as it allows for personal, peer and teacher feedback on a student’s own work. The flip is to have student assess themselves…

Video capture
Photo credit: psicologiaclinica

A tweet by Jenny Luca pointing to her blog post on using Vialogues (video & dialogues) indicated to me that more & more people are recognising the usefulness in education of being able to comment on video. The service suggests users to start a meaningful conversation and to, Create, Invite, Interact and Share. Jenny focused on using the video as a screencast and explanatory learning resource and I think this is a great way for student to interact with a resource and comment with questions, their understanding, or need for further enquiry. 

I’m also interested in how students might reflect on their own performance, say as a beginning teacher, nurse, psychologist, doctor, counsellor etc. A friend of mine has been working with a technology at RMIT called the Media Annotation Tool that allows for students to comment on an uploaded video (of themselves or for particular task) and then receive peer feedback on their comments/reflection before the teacher provides some feedback.  Megan Colasante has written a paper about this project, Using video annotation to reflect on and evaluate physical education pre-service teaching practice. I believe this tool has promise and hope development continues. 

There could be some remarkable power in a reflection when you have to watch your own performance (say against that of an expert) and then receive constructive feedback on your comments and performance – this should lead to engaged and meaningful learning. 

There are other tools that do similar things such as Voicethread (uses still rather than video) and the new TedEd Website features video lessons that can be ‘flipped’ and give teachers the opportunity to create lessons with reflective questions built in, but not the capacity to annotate the video. With video becoming more ubiquitous as students are now able to easily capture learning and practice moments via a smart device. I also understand that it may not always be suitable to annotate/comment after the fact, as it might be necessary to assess something while it’s happening live and not to have to watch a performance twice. While there are some professional video recording and coding applications available, I’m looking forward to further educational developments in this space. Of course there’s many other ways to use video for learning, but the idea of comments and annotations at specific points and events in a performance is very useful. The bonus would be the capacity of multiple comment tracks and maybe even some control over their visibility. 

In the meantime I’ll also be investigating the usefulness of point of view (POV) glasses for this sort of application.

a new(s) ways of looking at disasters

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Current technologies are enabling us to participate nearly first hand in disasters as they occur. As the incredible footage of a small creek rising very quickly and carrying off away parked cars during the flash flooding in Toowoomba on Monday 10 January 2011 demonstrates.


I remember seeing a tweet about this clip and watched it when the count was only around 350 on the the 11th of January. now there have been over four and half million views 10 days later. There is a demand to see these things from a real-life perspective, and with digital still & video cameras and access to fast internet and the of networking power of social media we can just about be there.

Here’s a link to a PhotoMap (satellite image) by NearMaps that shows the flooded suburbs of Brisbane as at 13th January. Where you can see the date (at the top of the picture is a time line so you can scroll back (or use the drop down menu) through time and see the changes in water levels. You can zoom in and out of the image and scroll just like on Google Earth. Try clicking on the ‘Multiview’ and check out the ‘More…’ buttons too.

The ABC News Online team developed these remarkable before and after infographics of the Brisbane floods. Brisbane floods: before and after & Brisbane Floods: Up Close.

I find it amazing that we have such ready access to this resource of rich information. The mind boggles as to what educational purposes this might be put. I can imagine students making the most of material like this to illustrate and explain the phenomenon of disasters, and all the while having a (nearly first hand) context that might provide a deeper level of understanding.

I’d like to recommend

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Three weeks into the Comment Challenge and I’m way behind on the tasks that were set to help the participants learn how commenting is an important part of being participant in the blogosphere. I was challenged by this task (Day 21, Make a recommendation) and thought I’d be able to make a contribution that may provide some value to those who read this blog.

Have you ever found yourself trying to explain a new (and often complex) concept to a colleague and wishing there was a resource in a format that could get the message across? I have.

I’ve often wanted to get my hands on something that was accessible, not too long, and a perfect overview that used words/audio and pictures to help clarify a new idea, model or application…

So, my recommendation is to visit the Common Craft website to check out the work they do to ‘present subjects “in plain English” using short, unique and understandable videos’. You might even do a search for ‘in plain english’ somewhere, to find some of the most popular videos, many of which can be found on on Google or Youtube (these links will take you to the results of such a search). Topics covered include: Twitter, RSS, Wkis, Blogs, Social Networking, Social Bookmarking etc. I’ve found these resources very useful and they’ve provided great support in getting the message across about some of the new technologies and applications that are part of what we call Web 2.0.

Have you found anything like these that could be used for professional development activities in a teaching and learning context?

a/nother resource

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

I came across the TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) Conference a while ago now (would be fantastic to get to one sometime) and try to catch one of their talks regularly because I find them inspiring and enlightening. The normal presentation format is to give speakers 18 minutes to get their presentation across (if there’s a performance piece it’s usually shorter). You can either listen to an audio or watch the video and there’s a huge range of topics and categories to discover.

The tag line of TED is ideas worth spreading and if you check out their mission statement you’ll find some suggestions on how you can use their talks and presentations.

“If you’re a teacher, consider incorporating TEDTalks into your classes. They are distributed under a Creative Commons license, and are freely available for such use, so long as you credit the source and do not distort the speakers’ intended meaning.”

Just to get you started I’d recommend a couple of thought provoking examples for you check out; the talk by Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?, then there’s the presentation by Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen and don’t miss Evelyn Glennie: How to listen to music with your whole body.

If you like what you see, why don’t you join the TED community…