The digital cameras that I have used make very nice video, but they time-out after about 8 minutes. They work very well for short things. You can restart the camera for another 8 minutes, if needed.
To solve the problem of inattention, I find that demos are seldom as good as small hands-on mini-learning rituals. Every student actively does small sample processes that will be needed in the their upcoming self-planned creative project. These hands-on learning rituals are a great way to begin class. In the example of four stitches, could one stitch would be practiced at the beginning of class in the previous sessions while they are still working on other projects? Would this give their minds time to come up with original ideas by the time the project is started? Could each student keep their practice stitches so they have these as reference as they work?
"Tell me and I forget. Show me and my mind wonders. Have me do it and I can't not pay attention. I remember it."
On Nov 10, 2009, at 12:16 PM, <Laura.Drietz@k12.sd.us> <Laura.Drietz@k12.sd.us> wrote:
I am trying to put short demonstration clips on my web page. This is something I've thought about for a long time, and this year, kind of reached my breaking point. My 6th graders just can not listen, and I am just worn out re-demonstrating. We are doing a weaving project involving 4 different stitches they are required to learn. My plan is to have a video clip of directions for each stitch, and if they do not understand it when I demonstrate it to the class, they can go to the computer and watch the video until they get it. It will also help when a student has been gone when I teach a new stitch, they can just watch the video.
The problem I am having first is that my video camera is ancient, and the only input our computers have is USB. The only output on my camera is "Firewire", RCA, or S-video. Is there an adapter that I can use to convert the output? I've found some options online, but want to find something that is tried and true.
A solution my tech guy came up with is to burn the video to a DVD. We tried that at home, and there is something wrong with my camera, it will not run right. It stops and cuts out. (I know, solution here is a camera that is not 10 years old!)
If we can't figure out an adapter of some sort, I am trying to convince my school to buy a new camera that will record on to a memory card or a DVD. I've also thought about using a web cam or digital camera that does video, but am concerned about quality.
Any ideas you've tried would be appreciated. I'm just so frustrated that something that seems so simple is seeming to be impssible at the moment. Hopefully I can just get my camera fixed, and get it saved to a DVD and go from there, but I need to think ahead. Any recommendations for a video camera?
George S. Mickelson Middle School