Using the PSP

June 27, 2009

Luke Fletcher from Gloucestershire College talks candidly about how he used the PSP with camera with his learners.

Luke was in the office for a chat, when a colleague (off camera) asked him how he found using the PSPs, luckily for I had a camera to hand, so I just picked it up and hit record and caught this wonderful natural narrative from Luke about using the PSP.

First appeared on e-Learning Stuff.


Acitvexpression for training and sharing ideas

June 26, 2009

At a management training session yesterday on sharing effective practice, one of our Advanced Practitioners used Activexpression to great effect for testing peoples’ knowledge of Picasso. Everytime they got a question right they could using paper and pens and a “head shape” create their own additions (eyes, ears, etc) picasso’esque head.

What was nice about the activity was that it wasn’t about using the mobile devices, the mobile devices weren’t the focus, they were just embedded into the activity.

Why was it been shown?

It was a session on sharing practice and resources. Well this was certainly a transferable activity, change the Picasso head into a model kit and see which group (or individual) can complete the model first. Use it with an engine and labels, see who can not only label their engine first, but also label it correctly. Use it with ingredients for correct answers and then see who can create the most innovative recipe from their collection of stuff.

Another thing that the Activexpression allows is to record the answers, so that you can if required check who answered what correctly and provide effective support.


Geoff Foot

May 19, 2009

Geoff from the LSN will be visiting the college today to see how the Shiny project is progressing.


Shiny Dragon Boating

May 18, 2009

One of the key things about getting staff to use technology, is to remove barriers.

One of the barriers is a lack of familiarity.

When asked by a member of staff if they could use one of our Sanyo CA9 cameras to film themselves in the recent Gloucester Docks Dragon Boat race, the answer was of course, and here is the result.

The next stage will be to take that video and show the member of staff how mobile versions can be made. This will include tools we already have in college and possibly using MoLeTV.

As a result we now have a member of staff who will be confident in the use of video technologies and the use of video with mobile devices.

Oh and a video for use on our atrium’s Knowledge Tree.


Using the Sanyo CA9

May 14, 2009

We’re using the Sanyo CA9 video cameras as part of our MoLeNET project.

Has the advantage in many curriculum environments that it is waterproof, so works well in workshops and out in the field.

However the camera is only a small part of making videos.

If you know the right techniques then even using a Flip camera will be perfectly adequate.

This Guardian guide mentioned before is a really good starter on making video films.

Key tools to think about is get a tripod and ensure you can capture decent audio.

Storyboarding is useful too.

Then editing.

Though Movie Maker is adequate, we have had issues as we lock out the C Drive, so either ensure you have external drives or as most learners do, use a Mac. Trying to edit video across a network is not to be encouraged. Personally I like iMovie.


Making Video

May 13, 2009

If you are making any kind of videos then I would recommend you check out this excellent guide from the Guardian.

Covering everything from basic techniques to special effects through to editing. If you are taking any kind of video then check the guide out.

Via e-Learning Stuff


Using Activexpression when using video.

May 12, 2009

A member of staff recently used Activexpression whilst showing a DVD video. They shared the following comment on the VLE.

I have used Activexpression 3 times over the last month and it is suprisingly easy to use if you just stick to numbers and not names when seting up. Whilst watching DVDs you can add questions on to the screen to ensure learners are paying attention and thinking about what they are watching.

I have also thought that something similar could be done whilst showing live video in the classroom through a projector, or a live video feed from a remote location.

Staff in the college are now using the Activexpression units across the college and curriculum and as seen above coming up with new ways in which to use mobile devices to support assessment in the college.