Archive for April, 2009



April 8, 2009

Had a couple of staff from construction in yesterday who were interested in an interactive activity for their learners, in the end I think we will use Prezi. While we were discussing what would go in their activity we came round to discussing video.

So I demonstrated how easy (and importantly) how quick it was to shoot a video using our new Sanyo CA9s and then copy the video over to the Mac. Then use iMovie to add titles, crop the video and add a soundtrack. We then exported the movie to copy over to a mobile device.

They were impressed.


Mobile Cameras

April 4, 2009

Our new cameras arrived, after a bit of a delay, our Sanyo CA9 video cameras are now in the hands of our learners and staff.


With a conventional digital camera or camcorder, many users are understandably reluctant to film or shoot in the rain or other wet environments, for the obvious fear of causing water damage to the camera. The VPC-CA9, however, has earned the highest possible IEC 60529 waterproof rating—IPX8—allowing users to capture high-definition (1280 x 720-pixel) 30 fps footage without worrying about the effects of water or snow. The VPC-CA9 is operable down to a water depth of 1.5 meters (5 feet).

We wanted a camera which could be used outside, up mountains, in the countryside, on sports fields, in workshops and in classrooms.

It takes MP4 video and JPG still images, which are saved to an SD card.

Should be fun and allow us to use video for assessment and on mobile devices much more easily than the traditional DV tape camcorders we have used in the past. Also the sheer number of them will remove many of the barriers to using video that happens when you have to “book” a camera, or share a small number of cameras amongst a large number of students.

I will post some images and video later.


College Development Day

April 3, 2009

Today was College Development Day and I ran three sessions, one on Web 2.0, one on m-Assessment and one on Podcasting.

During the podcasting session I talked about Qik.

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All three sessions went well with very positive feedback from the participants.

The m-Assessment session went well, it was an introductory one hour session getting academic practitioners to consider how they could use mobile devices and technologies to improve their assessment in both the classroom and the workplace.

The Web 2.0 session looked in the main at Flickr, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube as well as Slideshare. We even sent a picture to Twitpic as a demo.

The afternoon session on Podcasting went very well, I used the slides from a presentation I have given before. The staff then using a range of equipment started creating recordings which could be used as podcasts.

Overall a productive day for me. The sessions on Activexpression run by a colleague went very well too.