Using video in your course

One of the main areas that I focus on in my profession is the integration of technology into the standard course experience. Video is a huge area, obvously, and it’s also an issue, as there’s still no way around gigantic files in some cases, which makes servers strain and drives people generally a little nuts.

This app caught my attention this morning, and after trying it out, it’s pretty cool. It occurred to me right away that if you were in a course where there was current video content out there that was being updated in a semi-regular news fashion, you could have students subscribing to specific types of news for a course, so that you knew what they were seeing – might be a cool way to push some interaction without you really having to do anything extra! For example, you could have students add TechCrunch to their list of news sources, and if you also had TechCrunch, it’s reasonable then that you’d know what had popped up in their feed, and you could use this a springboard for discussions. I’m just throwing things at the wall here. I’ll play with this a bit more later on, but thought I’d pass it to whomever was interested…


Back and happily Reflecting…

The Modern Classroom returns after a brief hiatus. Okay, a few months. I was being reprogrammed; what can I say?

Later this week I hope to have my first round of thoughts on my experience as a student (again – yikes) – this time in one of the edX courses offered by MIT. So far, so good, but definitely food for thought as a whole as to how this whole MOOC thing is playing out from a user standpoint.

In the meantime, I’ve been finishing up an iBook that I hope to release for free via iTunes in the next month or so, and in compiling information and clips for that, I’ve been using a new-ish piece of software called Reflector (formerly called Reflection). If you have heard of it, it’s basically a means by which you can AirPlay your iPad to your Mac or PC screen and record your “movements” on your iPad in real time. Very cool stuff, and so far, it works pretty well, though the speed of the recording definitely depends on the speed of the WiFi network you’re on. Regardless, have a look – if you the type to want to “broadcast” your iPad in a classroom, meeting, or training session, it’s definitely worth the fifteen bucks! More soon.