Week 2 Mobile Device Exercise – Video

This is a 24-second video shot from my iPhone (at ca. 11:30am on 3.7.12) to demo use of a mobile device for iFacilitate 2012. The point is that I can take videos anywhere and anytime, upload them to YouTube, and share them with others in my blog. Implications for students and teachers are enormous. Students could include their own videos in “papers” or multimedia projects published in their own blogs (eportfolios) — just as I’m doing here. Teachers could use them in presenting learning activities in instructional blogs. Videos could be used to demo physical skills and performance; they could also be used to coach and shape skills.

The quality is quite raw since my video editing skills are very limited, but I believe the message here is clear — we, all of us, now have the power to publish our own videos, a power that only TV networks had at one time. Furthermore, we don’t need a trained crew, studio, and expensive equipment to do this. And, as Michael Wesch has demonstrated, we have the potential to outdo the big networks in terms of viewing audience. The smartphone in our pocket is all we need. Mindblowing.

Significance of the content: Purchased these tiny tropical fish over the weekend because I thought they looked and behaved like “real” fish and because the people at the shop didn’t know what they were. It’s listed on the receipt as a tetra, but I haven’t been able to ID them in photos I found on the web.

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8 Responses to Week 2 Mobile Device Exercise – Video

  1. Brent says:

    Aloha Jim,
    Thanks for posting the video that you made with your camera. You illustrate some interesting points. I agree we have so much untapped potential within our smartphones and other mobile devices. We have a video production team here at Leeward (they do our community cable tv course) and they are actually doing two face to face workshops for faculty and staff on tips and best practices when creating video with a mobile device. :).

    • JimS says:

      Hi Brent. That’s good to hear. I don’t see the video editor among the Windows apps. I wonder if it was removed in Windows 7. Is there a freely accessible app that will help us to edit iPhone videos or videos shot with out digital cameras? We could play with it to see what we can learn.

      • Brent says:

        Hi Jim,
        Yes, I think it was removed from Windows 7. But they still have it available, you just have to download it yourself from Microsoft. Windows Movie Maker I believe.

  2. Brent says:

    Aloha Jim,
    After posting the comment I went to view the video and it said it was private.

  3. JimS says:

    Thanks, Brent. I was futzing with different settings and forgot to switch back to public. It should be accessible now.

  4. Thanks for this post and for the video, Jim. As member of the Universal Subtitles Occupy Wall Street team, what struck me in almost all videos submitted for subtitling was precisely the absence of editing: probably for speed – the videos had to be published as fast as possible – but also as a guarantee of authenticity. This obtains both for those that were shot with mobile devices, and for the more professional ones, e.g. Michael Moore’s “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, #OCCUPY MOVEMENT” (as it didn’t need subtitlink, I link to the YT version): a 11:13 single shot.

    • JimS says:

      Hi, Claude. Thanks for the comment. I watched the MM video and understand what you mean by the video verite effect of unedited clips. I feel as though I’m there, watching the parade from the sidewalk then, toward the end, following it. Interestingly, what the camera sees is a reflection of the person doing the shooting.

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