Welcome! I hope you enjoy this session of using FLIP cameras in your classroom.
Please refer to my previous post for the looong version of using the FLIP cameras in your classroom.
- Intro to the FLIP
- Use the FLIP cameras – each member of your group should practice recording, zooming, and deleting videos. By the end of the time allotted, please have at least one video on the camera.
- Upload your videos
- Convert the video files
- If time permits – Import your videos into Windows Movie Maker (you only need this option if you are going to be editing the videos or combining multiple videos or video and pictures)
FLIP cameras are small video cameras that allow you to record 30 or 60 minutes of video. When finished, the camera plugs into your computer’s USB port and videos are quickly uploaded. The videos can be opened in a video editing program, uploaded online, or burned to a DVD or CD.
In the past, many teachers haven’t utilized the amazing opportunities that using video cameras in a classroom provides because of the expense of video cameras and the difficulty level involved with getting the footage onto your computer and into the hands of the kids.
The FLIP camera (or similar handheld USB cameras) are inexpensive and easy to use. They allow you to let go of the reigns and let the students do the work!
I’ve got the cameras, now what?
Determine how the cameras can enhance a lesson you already do, or inspire you to create a new activity. The goal is to get the cameras into the kids’ hands! Have them demo a lab experiment, create a how-to video, record a PSA or commercial, mock interviews, record a poetry jam, have students act out “how to survive in Mr. Smith’s class for new students, and so much more (my previous post lists a ton of ideas).
The FLIP software will install automatically in about 2 minutes upon plugging the camera into the computer. Click here for FLIP software instructions.
Converting the files:
The video files are automatically saved as .avi files, which are high quality video files. However, if you want to post them on my.ccsd.net you will need to convert the file to a .mov file. Use Jodix, a free video converter – instructions for using jodix.
Please post a comment letting us know how you see yourself using FLIP cameras in your classroom.