Category Archives: Video
Those of you that follow me on Twitter know that I’ve been begging for an app that let’s me screen capture everything I’m doing on my iPad. Ideally, this would be on the iPad itself, but I realize that might be a couple of revs away. Today I heard about Reflector App (http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/) a $12.99 app that your run on your Mac that lets you mirror your iPad on the screen via Airplay.
Now you can screen record (via Quicktime) everything you do on your iPad or iPhone! Gone are the days of recording in a dark room with a camera over your shoulder and a bad glare on the screen.
Some items to test out before using this: (Step-by-Step Instructions here)
Option 1: Network Connection
Are both devices on the same network? Does your network allow Bonjour and Multicasting? These are protocols that need to be enabled for Airplay to work on the network. One way around this is to have your receiving MacBook “Create a Network” and then have your iPad join that network. Of course, this means internet will not work on the device.
Option 2: Bluetooth pairing
Another option is to “pair” your iPad to your laptop via bluetooth. This means you don’t have to be on the same network or have any of those protocols enabled. (This will keep your crabby network guys happy)
See sample video below:Note: This post updated. More options now available since the writing of this post including a $3.99 app called AirServer.
I had the good fortune of attending this year’s TEC SIG conference in Austin and was not disappointed. Apple was the primary sponsor and presenter (along with Eduphoria and Discovery Education) and, as per usual with Apple, they continue to motivate and innovate in the field of education. Several presentations were given in the various meeting rooms regarding Apple’s MacBook Air and a Mac Server integration discussion. I attended the course on Apple’s Academy and the use of iPods in the classroom. Here are the highlights of the discussions I attended:
Apple Educational Trends –
Dr. Tom Burnett gave a riveting and rather quick example of the changes in education today. Primarily, the use of “Hyper Mobile” devices (i.e. cell phones, PDAs, iPhones, etc) vs. the traditional laptop. In one study, he claimed that while over 80% of Penn State University students owned a laptop (a number I actually thought was low), only 20% took them to class. This study was done in 2006, but it basically stated that students were either being forced not to take laptops to a lecture hall (by the overprotective and controlling professors) or that they were getting their notes in other fashions, as in Hyper mobile devices. A compelling argument for the future of education for sure.
iPods in Education
As per the earlier discussion re:Hyper mobile devices, this one focused primarily on iPods (nanos, shuffles, iTouch) and their uses in education. Ysleta ISD in El Paso gave an iTouch to every administrator to use during observations and walk-throughs. The responses have been overwhelmingly positive, except for the fact that they also want to take these home and turn them into their own personal mp3 and movie playing devices. :-)
They are able to take notes and sync remotely since these devices pick up Wi-Fi signals. Teachers can then access the notes through Eduphoria for immediate feedback. Short, simple, and no need to copy multiple notes for someone’s file.
Apple Certification Training -
Much like Microsoft’s Intel Training, Apple also offers training with primary focus being on Final Cut Pro, their high end version of iMovie. Teachers or districts pay to attend classes in person or self-paced virtual to complete the one-year course (*approx). Certification includes licensing to Final Cut Pro and other possible hardware devices. The idea is a simple one, kids are learning through digital video more now than ever (and idea I agree with completely). As a result, we need to start teaching differently to encourage this kind of technique in the day-to-day classroom. It allows for instant expression and collaboration (thanks to Youtube and other video sharing sites). Here’s a riveting example by “Funtwo” a student that’s gained fame for his version of Vivaldi’s Canon on guitar. Check out how many hits his video has gotten and you’ll see that we’ve entered a global realm of collabation.
Then, look at all the people from various cultures and backgrounds that have turned in video responses to his video, and you’ll see the power this media has to reach a multitude of audiences. Enjoy!
I’ve been checking out Mogulus.com. It promotes itself as an online way to broadcast your life or “lifecast”. Not sure if there really is a pro or con to this educationally, but it might potentially offer an alternative to the cost of video streaming with a company (and that company’s yearly fee). I’m not too sure what the privacy settings entail, but that would be a key to make it work on the Elementary level.