Video In-Service Training

I could use your feedback on a digital video training session I am designing. The purpose is to provide an overview of different video technologies that we make available to teachers at our school, so that they may subsequently choose one and pursue it in-depth at a later date. I would like to make it hands-on without getting project-based during this one-hour time session.

I plan to provide a short conceptual overview of different video technologies and then take the group through a series of hands-on stations, rotating the individual who sits at the setup each time. This will provide a nice balance between hands-on and time constraint.

Here are my planning notes for the session. How should I improve the plan? Please submit comments below!

Why video?
– the MTV and YouTube generations
– reaching all learners
– visual literacy

Where to post video
Catlin web site

Web video
– if you see it, how should you share it?
– “Share” links, embed code, HTML rights
– HTML editing modes: Catlin web site, Moodle, Drupal
– other formats

United Streaming
– what it contains
– how to bookmark or share

Video cameras
– capture
– Firewire and USB cables
– software (iMovie, MovieMaker, Premiere Elements)
– transfer, edit, export

Flip Mino
– capture
– USB transfer
– conversion

TV Recorders
– Cable and satellite sources
– Schedule on TiVo web site (incl. login information)
– Burn to DVD
– Finalize recording

Live TV in the classroom
– Best for momentous events (when it has to be live)
– Few live cable or satellite connections
– Over-the-air digital TV setup


  1. Vinnie Vrotny says:

    The only other item that you may want to include is a screencast with either Jing, Camtasia, or something similar.

  2. Richard says:

    Good addition. Do you find that teachers use this feature for purposes other than how to use a computer-based interface to get something done? Have they had success using it to, for example, take viewers through a subject matter description, such as the Civil War?


  3. Ryan Trauman says:

    This presentation looks great. I’ve found that even when students are using video to produce texts, they still have a tendency to rely on stills for certain purposes. For this reason, I make sure to cover the Snipping Tool and Windows Paint in Vista. They’re free and easy to use. I’m not sure what the equivalents are for Mac.

    Also, in your "Why Video" section, there are two more possible points. The first is that there is some content that just doesn’t work as well in traditional print, or audio-only formats. (i. e. film reviews, software evaluation, physics explanation, etc.) The other point is to get students thinking about multiple channels of simultaneous communication. Offers opportunity for richer experiences, semiotic reinforcement, and post-modern juxtaposition.

    Hope that helps. Good Luck. Make sure to tell us how it goes!