Flip Camera Instructions

Flip video camcorders have become a favorite of students and teachers because they are small, versatile, and durable. Flip cameras are perfect for students at all levels. Take this time to use the camera, download video and develop lesson ideas for your classroom.
The Flip cameras are durable pocket size video cams that are affordable. They don't require extra cords or software to work, and they can be used anywhere. For these reasons, Flip cameras are perfect for the elementary and middle school classrooms. Flips may hold 30 minutes to 2 hours of video on their internal memories, so no tapes or extra memory cards are needed. They use AA batteries, so there are no expensive batteries to purchase. The minios require no batteries and recharge when plugged into a computer.
The Flip camera has a USB "arm" built in the side of the camera so that it can be plugged DIRECTLY into the computer.
The video is easily imported into MovieMaker and Flip provides it's own software to work on the videos.

Ideas For Teachers
  • record performances, projects, field trips, and presentations and upload them to their websites

Ideas For Students
  • can take cameras out of the classroom (after permission and liability issues are worked out) to record special experiences such as interviews or trips
  • create booktalks that are then uploaded and broadcast in various locations inside the school or district
  • record data in science projects, experiments, or long-term monitoring of an outdoor location
  • make commercials or advertisements, to record responses to books, projects, lessons, and units
  • "Sister" schools of different socioeconomic backgrounds can record video and upload to the web to share experiences or collaborate on a project

    Other Links:
  • 35 Ways to Use Flip in the Classroom
  • Teacher Tube Search "Using Flip cameras"

Content Area Ideas: ref: http://escobedotechtalk.edublogs.org/2009/03/18/using-flip-cameras-in-your-classroom/
  • Math: record the steps of a math problemwith explanations; find math in nature; find math in everyday items
  • ELA: act out a scene from a book; narrate a story; record students reading poetry for a virtual poetry jam; oral communication– turn a persuasive essay into a commercial
  • Science: demo/create ‘how-to’s for experiments; record labs/dissections/demonstrations
  • Social Studies: conduct an interview of a famous person from history/person from another culture; conduct “man on the street” interviews based on history/cultures; re-create a famous speech; create a commercial – “why you should visit…”
  • Performing Arts: demonstrate basics of an instrument/parts/hand positioning; create a warm-up video for others to follow along; record yourself and critique
  • PE: demonstrate rules of a game; make a workout video
  • Health: create a PSA for saying no to drugs, not smoking, how to avoid peer pressure, etc; lunchtime tour/interview kids about what they eat for lunch at school;
  • Electives: computers: parts of a computer/demo ergonomic positioning; student aids: conduct a school tour; other electives: use one of the above ideas to tie your elective

File conversions:

BISD- Computers need 3vix decoder loaded.
Other converters: Factory Format

1. Download Jodix and use it to convert the files. *Click the link>choose RUN>install the program. I
2.Visit http://media-convert.com and convert the .avi file to a .mov if you are posting to web or .wmv for a powerpoint or your blog. You can also convert the file to .mp4 or .flv

Workshop Task:

Video your classroom rules/class expectations.
Video a "First Day of School" lesson.
Video "How to ......" (paper headings, how to access your webpage, cafeteria procedures, tour of classroom/building, etc)
Video a 3 minute lesson.