Sunday, January 31, 2010

Digital Wish: Flip Video Cameras, Two for One!

FYI: I am in no way affiliated with the Digital Wish organization. I just came upon a great opportunity I wanted to share!

About two weeks ago, the technology specialist at school sent out an e-mail with an absolutely can't miss offer. This link explains everything, but here's the short version: Thanks to this promotion, I obtained two 120-minute Flip Video Cameras for $150 bucks! It's a two-for-one deal, and I'm very excited about it. If you are a K-12 teacher in a non-profit school in the United States, you're eligible (as far as I know) for this promotion! The cameras technically become a property of your school, but they're for your classroom. After seeing these in action as used by the aforementioned technology specialist, these cameras are easy to use, hook right up to your computer's USB port, and require no memory sticks. I'll be able to use these in my classroom by recording student role plays and presentations, as well as possibly being able to allow some students to use them for projects (after a strict sign out procedure...I might not let the students touch them for a while). I can upload their work and place them in a drop folder the students can access through their school accounts. This will be a big help when students are creating their electronic portfolios for the end of the year that showcase their accomplishments in various exploratory classes (health, physical education, computers, technology education, C.A.D., band, chorus, music technology, drama/public speaking, and art).

There are a few accessories that were recommended to me for using the camera as well, such as rechargeable battery packs and USB extender cables. Luckily, there are some grant opportunities in my district that can pay for these extra accessories, as I paid for the cameras out of my own pocket. To me, it is an easily justifiable expense! I'm not sure how long this offer lasts, so check it out! If you are part of a nonprofit organization that is not a school, this link has some great information on using Flip cameras as part of your mission.

Shoot me an e-mail with any questions, comments, or concerns. I'll have a project relating to sun exposure/melanoma I'm using in class right now posted sometime this week.

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