For recording quality video, we recommend one of the following:
- use your iPhone or other smart phone capable of shooting HD video at at least 720p. Smartphones like the iPhone have improved a lot in their ability to capture quality video even in low light situations. The other advantage they have is that you can share the video without having to connect to a computer (and even edit it on the device itself with apps like iMovie for IOS).
- buy an iPod touch and use it for video. The iPod touch 8GB model is capable of shooting 720p HD video and it costs $199. This is a good option because you can use the iPod touch for other instructional activities in the classroom (recording podcasts with the built in microphone) and you can even easily edit and share the video from the device with the iMovie app.
- check to see if your existing digital camera (point and shoot or DSLR) has a video mode. Note that on some DSLR cameras you may only be able to shoot for a limited amount of time (10-15 minutes) at one time.
- Joby Gorillapod (make sure you get the one that matches your camera’s weight, the standard one should work for an iPhone or iPod touch just fine).
- Tripod attachment for iPhone or iPod touch: two of my favorites are the Glif and the iStabilizer. I like the iStabilizer because it will work with both the iPod touch and the iPhone, and it works no matter what case you have on your device.
Examples of Classroom Videos
Technology Integration Matrix: Video Tools (lots of good lesson ideas for using video in the classroom here, and the videos are good examples of well-lit, stable classroom video).
iMovie ’11 Tutorials
- Importing Video from iPhone
- Importing Video from Camera
- Importing Video from a Memory Card
- Editing Basics
- Creating Titles
- Working with Sound
iMovie for IOS Tutorials
Royalty Free Music for Video Projects
Images for Video Projects